We are still accepting referrals for diet and nutrition advice during the COVID-19 pandemic (see details below about how you can be referred). All of the appointments are currently telephone consultations on Thursday afternoons.
Are you confused about what to eat and what not to eat?
Are you worried about managing weight change, or changes in your appetite or taste?
Are you unsure about which diet to follow?
People living with cancer or a blood condition often have questions about their diet. With so much information available, it may be difficult to know which sources to trust.
Our dietitians are here to help.
During your assessment the dietitian will give you evidence-based, up-to-date and consistent dietary advice and information. You will be asked questions to find out more about:
- your medical condition
- current treatment
- symptoms you're experiencing
- your diet.
The dietitian may also take some measurements, such as your weight, height, and distance around your waist and mid-arm.
The dietitian will then assess your nutritional needs, and provide you with tailored dietary advice and support.
You will receive written information to take away with you.
We currently offer Thursday afternoon telephone consultations.
We also provide dietetic consultations alongside a few consultant-led clinics. This is a walk-in service for patients who have a booked appointment with their consultant in the following clinics:
- Monday afternoon - lung cancer clinic
- Wednesday afternoon - gastro-intestinal cancer clinic
- Thursday morning - lymphoma clinic.
If you are uncertain which dietetic service is right for you, please call us on 020 3447 9289 and we will be able to advise you further.
When admitted to hospital, the nursing staff will assess your health in terms of your nutrient levels. If any issues are found, the nurse will automatically refer you to a dietitian. Other healthcare professionals involved in your care, such as the doctor, speech therapist or specialist nurse, can also refer you.
If you have not been referred but would like to see a dietitian, please speak to the nurse looking after you.
You can be referred to for diet and nutrition advice by your hospital doctor, nurse. or a support and information specialist.