The Nutrition and Dietetics Service assesses, diagnoses and treats nutrition-related diseases in children and adults and also provides support for their families.
Experienced dieticians aim to prevent or treat ill health by using their knowledge of nutrition to help motivate people to change their lifestyle and food choices.
The team works in a number of areas including:
- Allergies and intolerances
- Behavioural eating problems
- Gastrointestinal conditions
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Cardiovascular disease
- Children’s health
- Weight management
- Health promotion and preventing disease
- Therapeutic diets (such as gluten free diets for people with coeliac disease)
- Home enteral tube feeding
- Adult mental health
- Group education sessions
Dieticians work closely with GPs, district nurses and specialist community teams. Referrals are usually made by doctors or other health professionals for people with diagnosed medical conditions (e.g. diabetes) or those at high risk of developing them. The service is run at four health and care centres in Brent from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday. A home-based service is also provided where appropriate.