Trust a Dietitian
06/06/2014Dietitians from the Southern Health and Social Care Trust are taking part in the first ever ‘Trust a Dietitian Week’ (from Monday 9 June).
Organised by the British Dietetic Association, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the role of the profession in assessing, diagnosing and treating dietary and nutritional problems.
The Trust’s Dietetic Team will be showcasing some of their innovative developments at a Stormont event.
The Southern area is the first in Northern Ireland to provide a dedicated service into individual’s homes, to support the process of Tube Feeding. Tube feeding is used to provide nutrition to people who have lost their ability to swallow or need nutritional support due to an underlying condition. The service is making a big difference to the lives of 111 people across the area who otherwise would have to attend hospital with tube related issues.
The Team also delivers a range of Education Programmes to people with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, helping them to manage their own condition and improve their quality of life through diet, physical activity and medication. The hospital dietetic team will also be sharing how their specialised programme for patients with kidney disease, has made a difference to Renal Dialysis patients in managing and improving their condition.
The Southern Trust’s Community Dietetic Team led the development of the regional Nutritional Guidelines for Nursing and Residential Homes, which is helping to tackle the issue of malnutrition, preventing hospital admissions and most importantly improving the health of the older population.
Mandy Gilmore, Head of Nutrition and Dietetics for the Southern Trust says:
“Diet and nutrition are important factors in preventing and managing many conditions, like digestive problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, coeliac disease or cardiovascular disease for example.
“Trust a Dietitian Week, is a great opportunity to recognise the role that dietitians play in delivering safe, high quality care, both within our hospital and community services and to highlight the contribution they are making to the wellbeing of our population.”