Dietitians’ week at Airedale hospital
Dietitians at Airedale Hospital celebrated National Dietitians’ Week by highlighting the variety of work carried out by their profession.
Dietitians’ week ran from 3-7 June, and this year’s theme is ‘what dietitians do’ to show the diversity of roles within the dietetic profession. Dietitians work in a huge range of fields and support patients with all kinds of medical conditions, including obesity, malnutrition, cancer, renal disease, stroke, HIV, diabetes, dementia and eating disorders.
Airedale’s dietitians held an information stall with a range of facts about the profession along with diet and nutrition advice, and a sugar cube quiz. Morrisons supermarket in Skipton sponsored the stall and provided fruit and a prize for the sugar quiz.
Nick Burgin, specialist nutrition support dietitian and acute team leader says; “It’s really important that people know where to turn to receive the correct diet and nutrition information. Qualified dietitians can provide advice and support in all aspects of nutrition within the hospital and out in the community.
“The dietitians at Airedale work with malnourished and unwell patients on wards, provide important education for those with diabetes, help children with diet and nutrition, hold clinics in local GP practices and work alongside a whole range of healthcare professionals to provide a comprehensive service.”
Patients can be referred to see a dietitian through their GP practice, from a doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional.