The diabetes specialist dietitians work within the adult diabetes care team at the Great Western Hospital.
The dietitians work jointly with diabetes specialist nurses and consultants in diabetes specialist out-patient clinics.
Role of the Diabetes Specialist Dietitians
The diabetes specialist dietitians offer a holistic approach to the care that they provide.
Individuals are encouraged to develop skills to self-manage their diabetes taking into account their individual lifestyle and medications, which the diabetes dietitian can help to facilitate.
The Dietetic Team provides a specialist service to consultant-led clinics including young adult and antenatal clinic.
Consultations may be done on an individual basis or alongside other members of the multi-disciplinary team (MDT).
The team is also involved in structured education programmes including:
- SNT1D - a group education session for people with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes
- Carbohydrate Awareness Groups - teaching people with type 1 diabetes how to alter their insulin to their lifestyle
- SWIFT (Swindon's Insulin for Food Treatment) - aimed at people with type 1 diabetes who want flexibility with diet and lifestyle and wish to develop skills around insulin dose adjustment to food
- We play a role in the development of resources, local guidelines and protocols and group education programmes. These are continually being updated to ensure all of our advice is evidenced based.
- The diabetes dietitians have a role in the education of other members of the MDT
Tel: 01793 605149