Nutrition and Dietetic
We are a team of 20 registered dietitians working across Calderdale and Huddersfield. We are based within Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal Hospital. We see a range of clients during their hospital admission or on an outpatient basis. There are also community dietitians based in the Support and Independence teams at Lawson Road Health in Brighouse and Beechwood Medical Centre in Halifax.
Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals who are registered with the Health care Professions Council and are governed by an ethical code to ensure they always work to the highest standard. Registered Dietitians assess, diagnose and treat diet related problems at both an individual and a wider public health level. We use the most up to date scientific and medical research and translate this into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate food choices.
What we do
We provide advice and support to people with a variety of needs i.e. people with diabetes, coeliac condition and people who are over or underweight.
To get an appointment with a dietitian, your GP, consultant or practice nurse will send a referral to us containing information on your health and what type of nutritional advice they want us to discuss with you. Unfortunately, we cannot see you if you do not have a medical referral.
When we receive your referral, we will write to you asking you to contact us to make an appointment at a time and location most suitable to you. We have many clinics on the two hospital sites. Our letter will give you the choices which are available to you.
What happens at your appointment with the dietitian
The dietitian will ask about your usual diet and eating pattern, they will also ask about your health and any medicines you are currently taking. The dietitian will then agree an individual plan with you by giving suggestions and advice on how to improve your diet. The plan is individually tailored and is aimed at helping you to make specific, realistic and achievable changes to your diet. At the end of the session, we will discuss with you the arrangements for your next appointment if this is required.
Where to find us
Calderdale Royal Hospital: The majority of our outpatient clinics are held in the main outpatient department on the ground floor. There is a pay car park in the main entrance of the hospital. The outpatients clinics for individuals with diabetes are held in the diabetes centre (off Godfrey Road)
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary: Our outpatient clinics are held in the Acre Mill outpatient department. There is a pay car park on the acre mill site.
Who to contact to find out more
Dietetic Department, Calderdale Royal Hospital, Salterhebble, Halifax, HX3 0PW. Telephone: 01422 224267. Email: dieteticsCRH@cht.nhs.uk
Dietetic Department, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Acre Street, Lindley, Huddersfield, HD3 3EA. Telephone: 01484 342749. Email: dieteticsHRI@cht.nhs.uk
Our office hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm.
Dietetic Team Coordinator is Karen Turkington.
Meet the team
Within the team we have dietitians who specialise in range of conditions including gastroenterology, bariatrics, nutrition support, oncology, paediatrics, diabetes and stroke.