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Nutrition and Dietetics



A Dietitian/Clinical Nutritionist is a health professional who is qualified to give accurate advice and information on all aspects of nutrition and diet. Dietitians apply knowledge of food, nutrition and other related disciplines such as biochemistry, physiology and social science to promote health, prevent disease and aid in the management of illness.The Department of Nutrition & Dietetics at Beacon Hospital is staffed by two Clinical Nutritionists, both of whom are members of the Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute (INDI). The INDI is the professional organisation for Dietitians/Clinical Nutritionists in Ireland. The department provides a range of clinical services including nutrition assessment, dietary modification and nutrition support e.g. intravenous nutrition, home enteral tube feeding. Patients are seen in the in-patient, out-patient and day care settings.

The department will see patients with a variety of conditions including:

  • Undernutrition
  • Cancer
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes Mellitus (Type 1 or 2)
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Heart, Liver or Kidney disease
  • Swallowing difficulties e.g. post stroke, during radiotherapy
  • Gastroenterology referrals e.g. Inflammatory Bowel Disease,
  • Coeliac Disease, Diverticular Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome

In-patients must be referred via their hospital Consultant’s team before a nutrition consult can commence.
For out-patient referrals a GP referral letter is required and this can be sent directly to the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics. The patient will then be contacted by telephone or letter to arrange an appointment. Following the consult a report outlining the recommended dietary therapy will be sent to the referring doctor.

Contact Information

Department Enquiries: 01 293 7596

Department Opening Hours: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Monday-Friday (excl. public holidays)