Nutrition and dietetics
About the service
The Herts Valleys Integrated Nutrition and Dietetic Service for children and adults in west Hertfordshire helps patients of all ages to achieve and maintain good nutrition and makes sure that people have the support they need to manage their dietary needs.
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.
It also provides specialist care and support for people with specific conditions, such as food allergies or patients are using home enteral feeding.
Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust is the lead provider. The Trust 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)
The Nutrition and Dietetics service has two main outpatient clinics in west Hertfordshire:
Further information about the service can be found on the Hertfordshire Community Trust website.
Other useful websites
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.
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.