What we do

Dietetics is the professional application of the science of nutrition in health and disease to all groups of people. 

The title “Dietitian” can only be used by those appropriately trained professionals who have registered with the Health Professions Council and work under their code of conduct, performance and ethics.  You can check whether the Dietitian you are seeing is registered with the Health Professions Council by visiting their website: www.hpc-uk.org

Registered Dietitians (RD’s) are uniquely qualified to translate the scientific knowledge of food into practical advice.  They work both in preventing ill health through the promotion of dietary awareness as well as treating people will diet related medical conditions. 

Dietitians can provide nutritional assessment and advice on how best to meet nutritional requirements of individual patients.  They can work on a one to one basis or with groups as well as liaising where appropriate with relatives, carers and other health care professionals. 

Dietetics within the hospital

The Dietitians in the hospitals provide support and advice for all wards as required. 

Patients admitted to hospital are at risk of malnutrition, they are often very ill which can affect appetite, also infections or healing from surgery or injury increases their need for calories and nutrients. 

All adults are screened for malnutrition on admittance to hospital and all patients with a significant risk will be seen by the Dietitian to help prevent weight loss and to ensure they receive the nutrition they need.   

Situations may arise where patients require artificial feeding.  This maybe when a patient can not eat or drink enough, are unable to swallow, surgery to their head, neck or stomach or are unconscious.  Nutrition can be provided via a tube through their nose, stomach or bowel.  Dietitians will ensure that the feed they are given through the tube is safe and adequate. 

Dietitians will provide specialist support for people who come into hospital as an outpatient for example, renal dialysis, insulin pump therapy or adjustment, cancer clinics, bowel disorder clinics and eating disorders.

Babies and children requiring nutritional support can be seen in the neonatal intensive care unit or on the children’s wards.  Specialist Children’s clinics for allergy, diabetes and cystic fibrosis have a Dietitian to ensure that the children receive adequate nutrition for wellness and growth. 

Dietetics at home and in the community

Some adults, children and babies will leave hospital with feeding tubes and pumps.  Dietitians will care for these patients in the community whether it be in their own homes or care homes.  Dietitians ensure the nutrition they receive is adequate and support the patient, relatives or carers with the use of the equipment required.

Dietetic clinics run in a wide number of health centres across East Lancashire supporting a range of conditions that can be improved by making dietary changes, these include: diabetes, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, obesity and malnutrition caused by a wide variety of conditions. 

Wider dietetic support

The department is involved in writing policies and procedures to help improve the nutrition of the population of East Lancashire. 

The department also delivers training in nutrition to a wide range of local Health Care Professionals and is a centre for training student Dietitians.

General enquiries


Tel: 01254 734059

Fax: 01254 734649


Community Dietetics: 01282 804700

Referral Form

GPs and other health professionals can use this form to refer patients to the sevice

Self-Help Guides


www.patientwebinars.co.uk has videos on the following areas:

  • Cancer Nutrition Advice 
  • Children Nutrition Advice 
  • COPD 
  • Coeliac Disease 
  • Constipation 
  • COVID-19 Recovery Advice 
  • Food Allergy in Adults 
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease 
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome 
  • Kidney Health 
  • Malnutrition 
  • Weight Management


Coeliac Disease

Colorectal Surgery


(See also: 'Useful Documents' below)

Heart Health

Know your numbers: 

Nutrition myths busted:

(also see useful documents below)


Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Irritable Bowel Disease

Liver Disease

Balanced Diet

Low Iron/Iron Deficiency Anaemia

Diverticular Disease

Nutrition Support; advice for unintentional weight loss, cancer and those on oral nutritional supplements



Paediatric weight management

Weight Management resources (to support intentional weight loss)

  1. Food diary
  2. Behaviour modification for weight management
  3. Guidance on measuring technique
  4. Examples of portion plates for food servings
  5. Better Health - NHS 
  6. NHS Live Well (The ‘Next Steps’ section has lots of tips and a link to the NHS  ‘Losing Weight – Getting Started’ 12-week calorie counting plan)
  7. BDA UK - weight loss
  8. BDA UK - portion sizes
  9. Weight management webinars
  10. NHS England - Getting active and living healthier
  11. BDA UK - Let's get cooking
  12. British Heart Foundation - Recipe Finder
  13. NHS One You, Eat Better (consider free EASY MEALS app)
  14. Carbs & Cals YouTube Videos

See useful documents section below.

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Useful documents



Dietary advice following an ICU admission with COVID-19
Dietary advice following a hospital admission with COVID-19

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