Nutrition And Dietetics
Dietitians are Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and work across the region in the following areas:
- Adult acute (inpatients) – Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary and Galloway Community Hospital
- Adult Community Hospital Inpatients
- Community Nutrition Support – outpatient clinics across the region and home visits
- Paediatrics (inpatients & outpatients)
- Diabetes & Weight management
- Mental Health and Eating disorders
- Inpatient Catering
What We Do
Dietitians are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public-health level. They work with both healthy and sick people. Uniquely, dietitians use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices (British Dietetic Association, 2013)
Dietitians interpret current evidence and translate this into practical advice for patients requiring specialist nutrition intervention. We train, advise and develop resources for use by other healthcare professionals eg. providing training in the use of screening tools to identify risk of malnutrition.
Dietitians are involved in health promotion events such as Dietitians’ week, Nutrition & Hydration week and events such as World Kidney day and Diabetes week. We are represented on NHS Dumfries & Galloway’s Nutrition & Hydration Strategic Group responsible for implementing the Healthcare Improvement Scotland Food, Fluid and Nutritional Care Standards.
How to Contact us
We accept referrals from:
Allied Health Professionals, e.g. Speech and language therapists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists
Self-referrals (Paediatrics only)
Referrals for outpatient appointments can be made via SCI-gateway – please include previous medical history, medication, diagnosis, height, weight, body mass index and a MUST or other nutrition screening score (if applicable) as well as any other relevant details.
For more information on adult outpatient referral criteria and process please see:
The department phone number is 01387 241568.
Food Facts – British Dietetic Association
Food Standards Agency
Healthcare Improvement Scotland – Standards for food, fluid and nutritional care
British Heart Foundation
Macmillan Cancer Support
Crohn’s and Colitis UK
Kidney Patients UK
Dumfries and Galloway’s Gluten-Free Formulary