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Dietitians are qualified and regulated health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems.  Our dietitians work with individuals, families and at a public health level.  We also provide nutritional training, education and information for health professionals and other agencies.

Our dietitians use the most up-to-date public health and science about food, health and disease.  They translate this into practical guidance to enable people to make choices about food and lifestyle.  We listen to patients, offer them choice, and involve them as much as possible in decisions about their future care.  All our dietitians are dedicated professionals who are registered with the Health and Care Profession Council (HCPC).


What is dietetics?

Dietetics is the science of how nutrition affects our health. Scientific studies have shown how a change to our diet can help prevent or control a variety of health problems, including obesity, diabetes and heart disease.


Referrals

Community referrals

Community Referrals to the dietetic department are made via SCI-Gateway, from a consultant, GP, other Health Care Professionals and occasionally a self referral by the patient. Once the referral is received, if appropriate, a letter is sent to the person referred, parent, carer or next of kin asking them to make an appointment at an appropriate clinic/ward area. People referred then have one month in which to book their first appointment.

Acute (hospital inpatient) referrals

Acute (hospital inpatient) referrals are managed via the acute hospital services.
All requests for assistance will be triaged and may lead to signposting to other services, telephone or video consultations, or face to face appointments.


Location

The Nutrition & Dietetic Department provides a service across Fife to all the hospitals and the community

The Nutrition & Dietetic Department is open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday


Services

The service has specialist dietitians who offer dietetic treatment in the areas of:

  • Acute Services (Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy & Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline)
  • Eating Disorders (EDAIT)
  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Diabetes
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mental Health
  • Nutritional Support
  • Older People & Carehomes
  • Infant Nutrition & Paediatrics
  • Health Promotion
  • Adult Weight Management

Resources

HCPC www.hcpc-uk

BDA food fact sheets British dietetic association food fact sheets

NHS UK www.nhs.uk live-well

NHS Inform www.nhsinform.scot

Fife Forum www.fifeforum.uk

Team Facebook page Facebook Nhs Fifedietitians


Watch video on what dietitians do