Dietitians are involved in providing effective, evidence
based nutritional assessment, dietary advice and support to
patients, their carers and all staff involved in patient care. We
aim to educate and support those using our service, helping them to
achieve their nutritional goals, working in a manner that is
centred on the needs of our users.
The dietetic team covers many specialities including oncology,
paediatrics, diabetes, gastroenterology (coeliac disease), coronary
heart disease and obesity.
The dietitians at Poole Hospital work very closely with the
community dietitians of East Dorset, who provide a dietetic service
across Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Swanage, Wareham and
All our dietitians are registered with the Health Professions
Our dietetic assistants work alongside the dietitians, providing
advice to hospital patients who have poor appetites.
What is a dietitian?
Registered dietitians (RDs) are uniquely qualified to translate
scientific information about food into practical dietary advice. As
well as providing impartial advice about nutrition and health,
dietitians also advise about food-related problems and treat
disease and ill health.
Many dietitians work in the NHS and may work in one or more
specialist areas eg diabetes, children's health, cancer. Others
work in the community, sometimes visiting people in their own
homes. They are a key part of the healthcare team and also have an
important training and advisory role.
Poole Hospital's dietitians run both adult and children’s
outpatient clinics twice a week.
We also run specialist clinics for coeliac
disease/gastrointestinal disorders, cystic fibrosis and patients
with diabetes and cancer, including radiotherapy clinics.
The dietitians are involved in a range of educational sessions
for patients, including: