5th June 2014 – Airedale’s Trust your dietician campaign

Posted on June 5, 2014 by AireAdmin

Dieticians at Airedale Hospital are joining a national campaign to explain what they do and how they can help patients and staff.

They are staging a display to mark national ‘Dieticians’ Week’, from 9 – 13 June, on the landing above the main entrance to the hospital.

They will be promoting the British Dietetic Association’s series of Food Facts about more than 50 topics which can be found on their website www.bda.uk.com. These include advice about barbecue food, diets to help depression, pregnancy and the menopause, skin complaints and arthritis. To find out more about the Trust a Dietician campaign please visit www.trustadietitian.co.uk.

Patients are referred to the service by their health practitioners including doctors, nurses or consultants and some of the common conditions they can help with are diabetes, food allergies or intolerance; bowel disorders; and coeliac disease. They help people who have had surgery on their bowel, people with liver, renal and heart disease, and those who are struggling to lose weight or to eat nutritious food.

Katherine Jones, dietetics service manager and professional lead at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Choosing the right person to seek help and advice from can sometimes be a confusing task. Many people claim to be experts in nutrition yet have very limited knowledge and offer no protection to the public.

“If you want information about food and nutrition, we are a reliable and unbiased source. Dieticians are the only nutrition professionals who are regulated by law, and it take four years at university to qualify as a dietician.

“It is very easy to be misled by people who claim to be nutrition experts or nutritional therapists but have no training or scientific background. This can lead people to follow dietary advice which is not based on evidence and to possible end up taking expensive and unnecessary supplements.”