Dietetics and Nutrition

The dietetic department is based at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital and Royal Hampshire County Hospital and provides consistent nutritional advice to staff, patients and carers for the dietary management of disease and the promotion of health.  Advice given is evidence based or follows best practice guidelines.

The department provides a dietetic service to all areas within Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which includes Alton Community Hospital, Andover War Memorial Hospital, Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital and Royal Hampshire County Hospital. It also provides a service to designated areas in the local community.

Helen Hitchings is the service lead for the department which includes 22 dietitians, 2 dietetic assistants and 2 secretaries, based on the two main hospital sites.  We provide advice and support for a range of specialities which include:

  • Critical Care
  • Diabetes
  • Gastroenterology
  • Haematology
  • Home Enteral Feeding
  • Medicines Management/Prescribing
  • Oncology
  • Paediatrics
  • Parenteral Nutrition

The services we provide include:

  • Dietary advice to patients and carers (on the ward and in outpatients).
  • Training on nutrition and therapeutic diets for healthcare professionals and catering staff.
  • Advice to the hospital catering department on menu planning for patients and staff to ensure appropriate meal provision.
  • A nutritional advisory and information service
  • Implementing policies that promote the importance of nutrition such as nutritional screening and protected mealtimes for patients on the ward.

In addition on the Royal Hampshire County Hospital site a nutrition nurse specialist is linked to the dietetic service.

The nutrition nurse specialist is responsible for providing a specialist service for adult patients with complex clinical nutritional needs and works closely with the dietitians and nutrition support team.

Services provided by the nutrition nurse specialist include:

  • Assessment for the insertion of short and long term enteral feeding tubes.
  • Assistant in the insertion of a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG).
  • Insertion of replacement gastrostomy devices in hospital and community settings.
  • Insertion of nasogastric tubes and nasal bridles.
  • Telephone support and domiciliary visits for patients with enteral feeding tubes in the community.
  • To develop nursing policies, guidelines and patient information which incorporate the latest national standards and evidence base for clinical practice.






updated 17 October 2017