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Nutrition and Dietetics

Nutrition and Dietetics

Dietetics is the medical specialty dealing with food and nutrition.

About Our Service

The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital aims to provide a professional and evidence-based service to improve the nutritional health of service users. We provide in-patient and out-patient care, across a range of specialities including paediatrics, gastroenterology, obesity, head and neck oncology, upper GI oncology, maxillofacial surgery, intensive care and coronary heart disease.

Dietitians are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level. Dietitians use the most up to date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, which we translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices. We are the only nutrition professionals to be statutorily regulated and governed by an ethical code, to ensure that we always work to the highest standard. All Dietitians are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). For further information regarding the role a Dietitian please see the British Dietetic Association Website.

The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital:

Clinical Service Manager and Nutrition Team Dietitian - Siân Lunt

Paediatric Team Lead Dietitian - Sarah Edwards

Head and Neck Oncology MacMillan Dietitian - KT Martinelli

Cardiac Rehab Dietitian - Tahereh Zarie-Foroosh

Paediatric Dietitians - Caroline Sale, Naomi Riley, Sunita Bangaroo, Miriam Dyar

Surgical and Respiratory Dietitian - Aminder Sagoo

Gastroenterology and Upper GI Dietitian - Andrea Kingsmill

Dietitians - Lauren Shield

Admin Team - Nasima Begum, Sajneek Arora

The Nutrition Team at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital has the following members: Consultant Gastroenterologist - Dr Rui Gao, a Nutrition Nurse Specialist, a Biochemist, a Pharmacist and a Dietitian. 

     

The following services are provided by the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics:

  • Inpatient dietetic care for all service users at      the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital
  • Weekly outpatient clinics at the Luton and Dunstable University hospital including;
    • General Adult Dietetic Clinics
    • Paediatric Dietetic Clinics
    • Gastroenterology Dietetic Clinic
    • Coronary Heart Disease Clinic
  • Training and education for staff
  • Regular service user group education sessions including the Low FODMAP diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Coeliac Group, Pulmonary Rehab and Healthy Heart group talks
  • Clinical placements for Student Dietitians from the University of Hertfordshire.

Accessing the service

Patients need to be referred via their consultant.

Contact

 

The Dietitians are available Monday to Friday, 8-4pm on 01582 497544. Out of hours the department has an answer phone in operation. If there is no one available to take your call please leave a message.

Consultants

  • Rui GaoSecond nameGaoBiographyMA, MB Bchir, MRCP. Consultant Gastroenterologist with interest in Nutrition. Joined the L&D in 2013, specialising in diagnostic and therapeutic gastroscopy and colonoscopy. Special interests in intestinal failure, malabsorption, dysmotility and IBD.