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Dietetics and nutrition services

You can access comprehensive nutrition and dietetic services in a range of locations across West Sussex. Nutrition and dietetics services provide impartial advice about nutrition and health for adults and children. They can advise about food-related problems and treat disease and ill-health.
Nutrition and dietetics service manager discussing diet with a patient

Registered Dietitians (also spelt Dieticians) are uniquely qualified to translate scientific information about food into practical dietary advice. The title Dietitian can only be used by appropriately trained professionals who undergo a 4 year degree course, and are registered with the Health Professions Council.

Dietitians work as part of multi-disciplinary teams and will ensure that your GP or doctor, and other members of the team, is kept up to date with your dietary treatment and your progress.

Who is this service for?

Dietetics and Nutrition Services are for adults and children for whom their nutritional needs and their food intake is an important part of their health treatment.

What services are available in West Sussex?

Dietitians advise children, young people, adults and family members with health conditions where food and nutrition play a part in the ongoing management or treatment of this condition. They help individuals and families to make the most appropriate lifestyle and food choices to suit their needs.

Nutrition and Food advice can be relevant in a wide range of medical conditions, both for the treatment and prevention of disease. The following list contains examples of conditions that patients may have, whom may see a dietitian. This list is not comprehensive and may vary from area to area across the county.

  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Food allergies and intolerances
  • High cholesterol
  • Cardiac (heart) conditions
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Liver Disease
  • Children with feeding problems and failure to thrive (lack of weight gain)
  • Under nutrition in adults (which can occur for a variety of disease specific and lifestyle/society reasons)
  • Overweight and obesity

Dietitians may also undertake shared care with other specialist hospitals, in certain rare or unusual conditions, where patients attend these specialist centres out of the area.

In addition dietitians support patients who are unable to eat sufficient to meet their needs and require feeding through a tube, also called enteral feeding. This can occur in adults and children, and both in the hospital or at home.

Most dietetic consultations are one-to-one, however occasionally group sessions will be organised for a group of patients with a similar condition. This provides additional peer support for individuals.

Where are patients seen?

Most dietitians across West Sussex work with teams based at the hospitals. Patients will be seen in hospital, in out-patient clinics, at clinics based at GP surgeries or, if needed, at home or in their place of residence. See below for local contacts in your area.

How can I access this service?

Most patients are referred to dietitians by their GP or their hospital doctor. If you feel that you need to see a dietitian please speak initially to your doctor or other healthcare professional, for example community nurse, health visitor, practice nurse or district nurse.

Local Contacts:

Chichester and Arun Areas:
The Chichester Dietitians will see patients at St. Richard’s Hospital, Midhurst Hospital, Bognor War Memorial Hospital or other venues around the area.  

Contact: The Dietetic Department, The Lodge, St. Richard’s Hospital, Spitalfield Lane, Chichester. PO19 6SE. TEL/FAX: 01243 831497

Crawley and Horsham Areas:
The Nutrition and Dietetic Department will see patients at Crawley and Horsham Hospitals, or other venues around the area. They are linked to the bigger dietetic department based at East Surrey Hospital, Surrey.

Contact: The Dietetic Department, Crawley Hospital, West Green Drive, Crawley, West Sussex. RH11 7DH. TEL: 01293 600314; FAX 01293 600488.

Contact: The Dietetic Department, Horsham Hospital, Hurst Road, Horsham, West Sussex. RH12 2DR. TEL: 01403 227000 ext. 7350; FAX: 01403 227030 (marked clearly for the Dietitians).

Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill and East Grinstead Areas:
The dietitians from the Princess Royal Hospital see people at the hospital or in other venues around the area.

Contact: The Dietetic Department, Beechmont, Princes Royal Hospital, Lewes Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex. RH16 4EX. TEL: 01444 441881.

Worthing Area:
The dietitians see patients in Worthing or Southlands Hospitals, or in venues around the area.

Contact: The Dietetic Department, Worthing Hospital, Lyndhurst Road, Worthing, West Sussex. BN11 2DH. TEL: 01903 205111.