The Department of Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics provides nutrition support and dietary interventions/education to in-patients, out-patients and those attending day care services. The department consists of 4.5 wholetime equivalent posts and one dietetic manager post.
Dietitians (also known as Clinical Nutritionists) are qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level. Dietitians use public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.
Dietitians work in the health service in acute and primary care, in private practice, industry, education, research, sport, media, NGOs (non governmental organisations) and government. Their advice influences government food and health policy.
To work as a Dietitian in Ireland, you must hold a university degree in Nutrition and Dietetics or an equivalent qualification.
All dietitians working at Naas General Hospital are eligible for membership of the I.N.D.I. (Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute), the recognised professional body for Dietitians/ Clinical Nutritionists working in Ireland. We adopt a multidisciplinary approach, working closely with medical, nursing and allied health professionals.
Assess individual nutritional status and determine nutritional requirements. We plan our care to meet nutrition needs, and we design and monitor suitable feeding regimens for patients requiring nutritional support, i.e. Enteral Tube feeding (into the gastrointestinal tract) or Parenteral Nutrition feeding (into the bloodstream). Education and resources are provided for patients and carers regarding nutrition support or dietary interventions appropriate to their needs and lifestyle.
The department is also involved in staff education within the hospital
Dietitians provide advice/education and inpatient clinical support in areas such as the following:
-Bring a recent list of medications
-Bring any recent diet sheets/information you have received from your dietitian. (Your dietitian will then update or amend it as appropriate)
-If you have Diabetes, bring your glucometer and monitoring book
-Either place on ‘silent mode’ or turn off your mobile phone during the consultation.
If unable to attend a clinic or group appointment
Outpatient Rooms are located on level 2 (ground floor) of the hospital.
On entering through the main door of the new hospital take a right to the level 2 out patient department just past the café.
Turn left at the OPD reception desk. The office is just past the first set of double doors, on the left hand side and has a blue ’Dietitian’ sign above the door. Please knock on door on your arrival and take a seat.
Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, www.indi.ie
British Dietetic Association, www.bda.uk.com
Department of Health and Children, www.healthpromotion.ie
American Dietetic Association, www.eatright.org
Irish Heart Foundation, www.irishheart.ie
Diabetes Federation of Ireland, www.Diabetes.ie
Irish Kidney Association http://www.ika.ie
Irish Cancer Society http://www.irishcancer.ie
Body Mass Index Calculator, www.halls.md/body-mass-index/av.htm
Coeliac Society of Ireland http://www.coeliac.ie
Irish Health http://www.irishhealth.com
Food Safety Promotion Board http://www.safefoodonline.com & www.safefood.eu