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Nutrition and Dietetic Service across Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale

Our service

We are a team of 9 registered dietitians, 2 dietetic assistants with administration support  working across the Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale locality. We work with inpatients at Scarborough, Whitby and Malton Hospitals and outpatients in various locations throughout the area.  We also offer home visits to those people who are unable to access the service due to their physical or mental health.  We aim to provide a nutrition and dietetic service appropriate to the needs of the local population; being effective, drawing on the best available clinical evidence and being efficient and economic to maximise health gain.


What do we do?

Nutrition is fundamental to all patients and people may need to see a dietitian for many reasons.  We provide specialised dietary advice for various conditions and their related symptoms.  We are integral members of the primary and secondary care teams and offer appropriate nutrition advice to our clients by face-to-face, phone or group sessions.  We are involved in the training and support of other healthcare professionals.  We also act as advisors to the Trust on the nutritional standards and specifications for the patient food service to ensure that the needs of all patients can be met.


Who do we treat?

We provide a wide range of dietary treatments in areas such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Cholesterol lowering
  • Eating disorders e.g. anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa
  • Food allergies and intolerances
  • Nutrition support for those struggling to maintain a healthy weight
  • Texture modification
  • Non-oral nutrition support
  • Gastrointestinal problems and malabsorption
  • Nutritional assessments
  • Metabolic Disorders

All the advice will be tailored to the individual's needs.  We also provide group sessions for patients and their carers.


Where to find us

We are based at Scarborough Hospital and our clinics are held in various locations throughout the locality.  On booking an appointment you will be given options to enable you to decide the most convenient clinic location available and directions on how to get there.


Who to contact to find out more

Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
Scarborough Hospital
Woodlands Drive
Scarborough
YO12 6QL

Tel: 01723 342415

Email: Heidi.Seaward@York.nhs.uk

Our office hours are Monday - Friday 9.00am to 5.00 pm


How to get an appointment

To get an appointment with a dietitian, your GP, consultant or an appropriate health professional will send a referral to us containing relevant information on your health. This will enable us to assess what type of nutritional advice would be appropriate to discuss with you. We cannot see you without a medical referral because we would not have the correct medical information available.

When we receive your referral, we will write to you asking you to contact us to make an appointment at a time and location most suitable to you.


What happens at your appointment with the dietitian?

Your initial appointment will generally take either 30 minutes or 45 minutes. The dietitian will work with you to understand what your needs are, taking account of your medical condition and anything else that is affecting your health or social circumstances. An individual plan will be discussed and agreed with you. Usually you will have some written information to take away. It may be that your treatment will be ongoing and this will either be by further appointments or by telephone, depending on your needs.


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