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Nutrition and Dietetics Department

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Nutrition and Dietetic Department employs registered dietitians and support staff. We provide clinical care to patients of all ages in a variety of settings both in hospitals and the community. Nutrition and dietetic care is provided Monday to Friday in a variety of ways. This includes individual one to one consultations, telephone reviews, group education and we also give support to help people and their families deal with their conditions.

The department also provides specialist advice to other professionals, both clinical and non clinical, on the dietetic needs of patients. We provide support to catering and nursing staff in the provision of good nutrition in our hospitals, and ensure that the Trust meets the national standards for nutrition. 

We contribute to multidisciplinary teams and offer patients, relatives and carers advice and training when needed. The department also has a commitment to clinical placements for student dietitians. We are also actively involved in clinical research and regularly audit various aspects of our service and patient care against national standards.

As registered dietitians, we hold the only legally recognised graduate qualification in Nutrition and Dietetics and are therefore the only qualified health professionals that can assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems. We are registered with The Health and Care Professions Council. This means that patients are assured of quality and safety in practice.

You can find out more about the work of dietitians with the British Dietetic Association.

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Contact details

York Hospital

Phone: 01904 725269 email: amanda.pallier@york.nhs.uk

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

Scarborough Hospital

Phone: 01723 342415 email: heidi.seaward@york.nhs.uk

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

Contact Nutrition and Dietetics:

York Hospital01904 725269

Scarborough Hospital 01723 342415

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Blood taking, York Hospital

Due to COVID-19, from Monday 6 April the Phlebotomy service at York Hospital outpatient department will be closed until further notice.

We will continue to offer a blood taking services for patients who have urgent bloods requests only, at the nearby Nuffield Hospital. The urgency will have been identified during your medical appointment. Please access the Nuffield Hospital via the main reception and from there you will be directed to Phlebotomy. Please take a seat and wait to be called.

Patients who have routine blood test for yearly check-ups should not attend. Instead, please contact your GP to request an appointment at the GP surgery for your bloods to be taken.


Maternity services

If you are due to have a baby, please visit our website for up to date information about maternity services at this time https://bit.ly/39ANleP


Haematology and Oncology services

With effect from Monday 6 April there will be temporary changes to the Haematology and Oncology services at Scarborough and York Hospital.  These decision have been made on the grounds of patient safety in the current coronavirus pandemic.  Find out more here.


Visiting cancelled

Due to the increasing number of cases of coronavirus across the UK, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has made the decision to cancel all visiting to all its hospital sites in order to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

There are three exemptions to the ruling which are for one parent of a sick child under 18, for the partner of a woman giving birth and end of life patients at the discretion of the ward sister.

We would ask people to respect this decision and to treat our staff, who will be enforcing the visiting restrictions, with courtesy and respect.  For more information visit our website.


Outpatient appointments

We know that NHS services will come under intense pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and as a Trust we need to redirect staff, free up staff for refresher training and carry out any works as necessary, so we are able to maximise capacity for patients for when the number of infections peak.  We also need to reduce the number of people coming into our hospitals to protect our patients, as well as keeping our staff safe, well and able to come into work.

To do this, with effect from Tuesday 24 March 2020, along with other trusts in the Humber Coast and Vale partnerships, we have made the collective decision to suspend all non-urgent routine outpatient appointments for at least three months.  Urgent and emergency cases and cancer appointments will be carrying on as normal.

These are unprecedented times and we thank you for your understanding.  We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried but please not contact the hospital as we will be contacting everyone directly affected in the coming days and weeks.

If you do not receive a letter or a phone call from the hospital, please turn up for your scheduled appointment as normal unless you have symptoms of coronavirus, a cold, flu or norovirus in which case you should contact us to cancel your appointment by clicking here.