Dumfries & Galloway Health & Social Care

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
  • Gastroenterology
  • Renal
  • 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:
Medical practitioners
Nursing staff
Allied Health Professionals, e.g. Speech and language therapists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists
Social workers
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:
Outpatient referrals
The department phone number is 01387 241568.