Good nutrition is fundamental to health and central to the management of a disease. Our aim as dietitians is to help everyone achieve their potential for optimum health and well-being.
“To help everyone achieve their potential for optimum health and well-being through eating a healthy and nutritious diet.”
Dietitians are able to assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems for individuals and for the public. We use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, and translate this into practical information about food to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.
We treat a range of medical conditions with dietary therapy, specially tailored to each individual and we advise on healthy eating for all ages, races, cultures and social groups.
Dietitians take a holistic approach and involve the patient directly in their own care. We aim to increase patients’ understanding of their condition and how their diet can make a difference to their immediate and long term health. Raising awareness, empowering and supporting patients to make dietary changes that will benefit their health and fit into their lifestyles is our ultimate goal. In most areas, we work as part of multidisciplinary teams.
Dietitians treat people of all ages and in all settings including the hospital, outpatients clinics, GP surgeries, health centres, schools and community centres.
The diabetes team provides care for people with diabetes. They work very closely with the Diabetes Specialist Nurses to support patients who are on insulin and need to know how to alter the dose in line with how much carbohydrate they eat at each meal.
The team also run education groups for people with Type 1 diabetes who are keen to know more about their diet and how to adjust their medication to control their diabetes as well as they can. This includes supporting patients who are on insulin pump therapy.
The team delivers the X-PERT group education programme for people with Type 2 diabetes to help them self-manage their condition.
Diabetes made easy – these new two-hour sessions are for people with type 2 diabetes and take place in the community
Endocrinology and metabolic medicine
General endocrinology is treated here at Airedale by our endocrinologists. We also perform fine needle aspiration of thyroid procedures.
A lipid clinic is also held every third Tuesday of the month at Skipton hospital. The referral criteria for the clinic is
- Failure to respond or intolerant to traditional lipid lowering therapy
- Unusually high or spectacular lipid values
- Suspected familial lipid disorders
- Need for combined lipid lowering therapy
- Recent pancreatitis