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Wednesday 24 July 2019
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Asian female Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics Manager discussing diet with Asian male person

Dietetic Services

The dietitians are available to provide expert health care advice to patients with a wide variety of metabolic conditions. This advice can be accessed at routine clinic appointments, during hospital admissions and home visits where necessary. Regular clinic reviews are offered to patients where dietary manipulation forms the mainstay of their treatment, this ensures ongoing support and advice is provided and the nutritional adequacy of the diet can be assessed. Advice can be offered as a one to one consultation in person or by phone or e-mail or joint consultations are carried out with other members of the metabolic team where appropriate. There is a dietitian in attendance at the joint transition clinics held at the Willink Unit at Manchester Children's hospital, Bradford clinic in St Lukes and with the Liverpool team; to enable families to build trusting relationships before transfer to adult services.


A number of support events and group education sessions have been developed for patients on low protein diets. These enable patients to meet one another and also representatives from different nutritional companies to share their experiences. These have been well received by all who have attended. This has recently been extended to pregnant patients who require strict low protein diets to protect the developing foetus. This allows patients to access support from peers in addition to health care professional. 


In-patient review is essential to provide optimal nutrition to patients with complex metabolic disorders during times of illness, nutrition is essential to promote recovery. Individualised enternal feeding / diet plans are devised in consultation, metabolic team, ward staff and relevant support service e.g. catering.


Liaison with local service providers is essential to ensure correct treatment is offered and provide education and training if necessary. The dietitian also provide and receive regular updates in the area of nutrition and metabolic disease.