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Dietitians - Poole Hospital

Dietitians are involved in providing effective, evidence based nutritional assessment, dietary advice and support to patients, their carers and all staff involved in patient care. We aim to educate and support those using our service, helping them to achieve their nutritional goals, working in a manner that is centred on the needs of our users.

The dietetic team covers many specialities including oncology, paediatrics, diabetes, gastroenterology (coeliac disease), coronary heart disease and obesity.

The dietitians at Poole Hospital work very closely with the community dietitians of East Dorset, who provide a dietetic service across Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Swanage, Wareham and Wimborne.

All our dietitians are registered with the Health Professions Council.

Our dietetic assistants work alongside the dietitians, providing advice to hospital patients who have poor appetites.

What is a dietitian?

Registered dietitians (RDs) are uniquely qualified to translate scientific information about food into practical dietary advice. As well as providing impartial advice about nutrition and health, dietitians also advise about food-related problems and treat disease and ill health.

Many dietitians work in the NHS and may work in one or more specialist areas eg diabetes, children's health, cancer. Others work in the community, sometimes visiting people in their own homes. They are a key part of the healthcare team and also have an important training and advisory role.


Poole Hospital's dietitians run both adult and children’s outpatient clinics twice a week.

We also run specialist clinics for coeliac disease/gastrointestinal disorders, cystic fibrosis and patients with diabetes and cancer, including radiotherapy clinics.

Education sessions

The dietitians are involved in a range of educational sessions for patients, including:

Programme for newly diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes

Cardiac rehabilitation programme

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