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Nutrition and dietetics

About the service

The Nutrition and Dietetics Service delivered by Hertfordshire Community Services NHS Trust (HCT) helps children and adults with all aspects of diet and food intake so that people stay healthy and avoid becoming malnourished or dangerously overweight.

Services are provided by a team of healthcare professionals. This includes registered dietitians who are qualified to assess, diagnose and treat patients, plus dietetic practice assistants and administrative staff. They provide advice and support with maintaining good nutrition, parenteral and enteral nutrition (tube feeding) as well as those requiring home enteral feeding.

Services are provided through clinics, virtual clinics (by phone) and home visits including care homes. There are also group education sessions on various topics, including irritable bowel syndrome and coeliac disease.

The service works with GPs, care homes, hospices, education, community support, public health and social care services to promote good nutrition and prevent malnutrition. It also provides education and training for health and social care workers. In this way the service aims to provide the best possible support for a wide range of patients.

HCT works with four organisations to deliver specific aspects of care and support as part of the service:

  • West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust – providing specialist multi-disciplinary support for both children and adults with nutrition and dietetics needs.
  • Hertfordshire Independent Living Service (HILS) – delivering training on the recognition and treatment of malnutrition for local carer agencies and care home teams
  • Age UK Hertfordshire – providing social support and nutrition awareness for patients with or at high risk of malnutrition
  • Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – providing specialist multi-disciplinary weight management services for obese patients, often with more complex needs (Tier 3 pathway)


St Albans and Harpenden

St Albans Health and Wellbeing Centre, Civic Centre, St Albans

Tuesday 9am – 12.45pm and 1.15 - 5pm (adults)

Wednesday 9.15am to 12noon (Children and Young People); 1.30 - 4pm (Adults)

Watford and Three Rivers

The Avenue (Hub), The Avenue, Watford

Tuesdays 9am -12noon (Adults)

Watford and Three Rivers

Skidmore Way Health Clinic, Skidmore Way, Rickmansworth

Wednesday 9.30am –  4pm (Adults)

Watford and Three Rivers

Peace Children’s Centre, Peace Prospect, Watford

Friday 1.30 – 4pm

Watford and Three Rivers

Peace Hospice

Tuesday  9am – 4.30pm


Marlowes Health and Wellbeing Centre (Hub), Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead

Monday 1.30 - 4pm (Children and Young People)

Thursday 9am – 12.30pm (Adults)

Dacorum  Gossoms End Community Hospital, Victory Road, Berkhamsted Tuesday 9.30am to 12noon (Adults)


Potters Bar Hospital (Hub), Oakmere Ward, Potters Bar 

Monday 9.30am – 12.30pm (Adults)

Thursday 9.15am – 12.30pm (Adults)


Elstree Way Clinic, Elstree Way, Borehamwood

Tuesday 9am – 12noon (Adults)

Tuesday 1 – 4pm   (Children and Young People)


Further information

Further information about the service can be found on the Hertfordshire Community Trust website.

Other useful websites

Allergy UK
National charity supporting allergy sufferers in the UK.

British Dietetic Association
Information on food and nutrition, diet and medical conditions, and reliable facts on the latest food and health issues.  

British Nutrition Foundation
Provides healthy eating information, resources for schools, news items, recipes and details of work undertaken around the UK.

Public health programme run by the Department of Health aiming to help improve public’s diet and lifestyle.

Diabetes UK
British based charity supporting people with, and at risk, of diabetes.  

Infant and Toddler Forum
Practical advice for healthy eating habits for pregnancy to preschool.

Macmillan Cancer Support
British Charity providing specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer.  

National Obesity Forum
Forum for tackling diabetes, heart disease and weight related illness.  

Patients on Intravenous and Naso-gastric Nutrition Treatment (PINNT)
Support group for people receiving artificial nutrition.


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