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Nutrition & Dietetic Service

The Nutrition and Dietetic Department at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, is a dynamic and friendly department, offering services at Colchester General Hospital, Essex County, Clacton Hospital, Halstead Hospital and into the community.

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Dietitians are registered health care professionals with the Health Professions Council, qualified to provide up to date evidence based and personalised advice on nutrition to help treat and manage ill health. We also play a key role in health promotion and offer support and advice to people with long term health conditions. We see patients on hospital wards, in outpatient clinics and in the community.

The dietetic department consists of dietitians, a nutrition nurse specialist and administrative staff.

We run a number of outpatient clinics and would be able to provide nutritional advice on a range of issues/ conditions such as overweight/ obesity (with co-morbidities), underweight, food intolerance, gastro-intestinal illness, allergy, pre & post operative nutritional issues, heart disease, diabetes and artificial nutrition.

We have dietitians who have specialised in particular areas and work with the multi-professional teams. These include the following specialist areas: Gastro (IBD, IBS, coeliac disease etc), renal disease, oncology, paediatrics, critical illness, surgery, home enteral tube feeding and intermediate care.

People with type 1 and type 2 Diabetes will be cared for by North East Essex Diabetes Service (NEEDS).

If you would like to be seen by a dietitian, please ask your healthcare professional to refer you. We run clinics at Colchester, Clacton, Harwich and Halstead hospitals and also see patients within specialist units such as the renal unit, radiotherapy unit and Mary Barron Suite. We are also available in certain consultant led clinics. If it is not possible for you to attend an outpatient clinic, we also offer a community domiciliary visit/ care home service.

If you are admitted to hospital and have difficulty eating or require a special diet or nutrition advice, ask the ward staff to refer you to the dietitian. The dietitian would assess your current intake, ask you questions about your medical and dietary background and will be able to provide tailored advice appropriate to your condition. The dietitian will also be happy to liaise with hospital catering staff to ensure you are able to meet your nutritional needs whilst in hospital.

We provide training to hospital and community staff on a range of nutrition topics and would be happy to discuss any specific training needs.

The department aim and objectives are outlined below:

For Further information please contact:
Head of Nutrition & Dietetics Department
Colchester General Hospital
Turner Rd

Tel: 01206 74 2668

Fax: 01206 74 2463

This page is approved by Theresa Cole, Head of Nutrition & Dietetics.