Nutrition & Dietetics

The aim of the Nutrition and Dietetic service is to offer effective dietetic treatment for people with nutrition related diseases. The service aims to:

  • Provide high-quality dietetic services to the residents of Sunderland and the surrounding area.
  • Use evidence based practice to ensure effective therapies and treatments
  • Work to the highest professional standards

Dietitians are a registered profession with the Health Professions Council and are qualified to translate the science of nutrition in health and disease into practical information about food. They work as members of multi-disciplinary teams to ensure optimum care and work to promote good health by teaching the public and other healthcare professionals about diet and nutrition.


Acute (Hospital) Dietitians

The Dietitians in the hospital provide support and advice for all medical specialities. There are specialist dietitians working within Renal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Bariatric Surgery, ICCU, Paediatrics, Head and Neck, Oncology, Mental Health/ALD, and Neurology/Rehabilitation. The main areas of dietetic intervention include the provision of:

  • Nutrition support to those patients who are unable to meet their nutritional requirements.
  • Therapeutic diets to those people who have conditions that benefit from special diets. Eating more of certain foods or avoiding others may help to control symptoms.

The Dietitians work closely with the Catering Team to ensure that appropriate food is provided to all patients requiring dietetic input.


Community Dietitians

The community Dietitians are based at Sunderland Royal Hospital but work in many primary care locations across the city with specialist Dietitians providing services into:

Adult Weight Management – Patients are offered a 1:1 appointment and/or offered group programmes to help them to manage their weight. These group programmes and clinics are held in various venues across Sunderland. Evening groups and clinics are available.

Childhood Weight Management – Children between the ages of 0-16 years and their family are supported to achieve a healthy weight for their height through specialist 1:1 clinics and the LAF (Lifestyle, Activity and Food) programme.

Diabetes management – Patients are offered 1:1 clinic appointments or group programmes to help them to manage their Diabetes. These group programmes and clinics are held in various venues across Sunderland. Evening groups and clinics are available.

General Clinics – General clinics take place across Sunderland and Washington and patients are offered the choice of venue and time to suit their needs. Evening clinics are available. Dietitians are able to provide advice and support for all nutrition related issues.



Head of Department
Felicity White (Dietitian) – 0191 569 9013 / Fax 0191 569 9276

Clerical Office – 0191 565 6256 ext 49013 / fax 49276

Self Referral Weight Management Phoneline – 0191 565 6256 ext 49912 (10:30 – 12:30)