Things you should know
What is a dietitian?
Dietitians are degree-qualified health professional that can promote nutritional wellbeing, treat disease and prevent nutrition-related problems (BDA, 2017) www.bda.uk.com/foodfacts/WhatIsDietitian.pdf
What will happen during the consultations?
Prior to the initial consultation, you will be asked to complete a self-referral form to start the process, along with a food diary. This information will save time during the session.
The initial consultation will be about gathering further background information in order to identify any issues, your needs, your goal(s), habits, diet, activity, symptoms, any medical test results and formulate a suitable action plan with you. There will be a lot of discussion and opportunities for you to ask any questions. The Dietitian will make an assessment to obtain a fuller picture, and to get baseline information which can then be monitored for progress. The Dietitian may provide you with any relevant information leaflets and signpost you to any further sources of support or information, either on the day or sent to you afterwards. The information you provide will be assessed and you will receive a report complete with a personalised plan and any other relevant resources.
How long are the consultations?
The initial session lasts an hour. Follow-up sessions usually last 30-45 minutes.
Do I have to be weighed?
No. This is not compulsory - it is your choice. It is helpful for the Dietitian to aid their assessment and to know your starting point, but it is also useful for you to track your progress if this is relevant to your goal(s).
What age group can be seen?
From 18yrs upwards.
Is there a military discount?
Yes. Please show your military identity card to the Dietitian for a 15% discount.
What should I bring with me to an appointment?
It is helpful to share your food diary, which can be assessed.
What continued support is available?
Additional support between consultations can be provided by telephone or email.
Do you offer weekend and evening appointments?
Yes. Please enquire about this when arranging your appointments.
What if I’m nervous about sharing my eating habits, bowel habits or body composition?
It can be really nerve-wracking sharing your personal stuff with a stranger, but this will be handled sensitively. Only necessary information will be collected with your consent and used in order to help identify the most appropriate course of action. If you are not honest in your answers, then the subsequent action plan will not be as effective. If you do not wish to be weighed or have your body measurements taken, then this is fine. However, some people consent to be measured, but don't wish to know the actual results; only if they've improved or not. All this can be discussed in more detail if you have any concerns.