Level 5C, Dietetics Office
- Telephone: 01273 696955 Extension 2391
- Head of Dietetics: Joy Churcher
- Paediatric Dietitians: Mr Chris Smith, Mrs Katie Clark, Mrs Susan Durham Shearer, Mrs Carole Davidson, Mrs Jane Roche
The Department of Dietetics provides specialist nutritional assessment, treatment and advice for neonates, babies, children and young people up to the age of 19. Based on Level 5 with medical secretary support on Level 6, it is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
The service covers inpatients receiving medical, surgical, high dependency or intensive care treatment. Inpatient services are provided by a specialist team of dietitians supported by state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to meet the needs of patients. Department special interests include gastroenterology, respiratory, metabolic, oncology, neuro-disabilities and enteral/parental feeding.
Weekly nutrition rounds are conducted with the consultant gastroenterologist, consultant paediatric surgeons and pharmacist to ensure that those at highest risk benefit from a multidisciplinary approach.
The on-site milk kitchen allows complex nutritional feeds to be custom-made for individual conditions, while providing ‘gold standard’ safe nutritional support for all inpatients. It uses the most up to date systems and meets the most recent guidelines and standards produced by the Government and the Food Standards Agency.
Outpatient clinics are held twice weekly to support consultant and GP referrals. The dieticians also attend joint consultant led clinics for diabetes, cystic fibrosis, celiac, phenylketonuria (PKU), broncho-pulmonary dysplasia and Prader-Willi Syndrome to provide the most efficient care for those conditions where nutrition is an essential part of treatment.
Monthly specialist feeding clinics are run jointly with the speech and language therapist. The department is also responsible for the safe discharge and monitoring of home patients on the Total Parental Nutrition programme, together with the community teams.
The department has strong links with many London hospitals, including Great Ormond Street, King’s College and the Evelina Children’s Hospital, and joint dietetic clinics are run several times a year. In addition, the dietetics team provides advice and acts as a point of reference for other local centres.
The department has a strong base in research and audit with several staff on Master of Science and Doctorate programmes. The Alex is due to pilot a European nutrition screening tool, which will be overseen by the department.