Community nutrition and dietetics
We deliver community nutrition and dietetic services to adult residents in the London boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham. The team includes dietitians, nutritionists and dietetic support workers in Tower Hamlets, and dietitians in Newham. We are part of a wider team of dietitians working across the Barts Health NHS Trust.
We provide evidence based information on food and nutrition related issues. This is either through the promotion of good eating habits or in the dietetic treatment of diseases and disorders.
We work within a wide variety of settings across the borough including outpatient clinics, patients’ homes, nursing and care homes, the local authority and voluntary and community groups.
We are experts in diet and nutrition and encourage health professionals in Tower Hamlets and Newham to contact us for advice on any nutritional matter.
We accept clinical referrals for patients requiring home visits that are at risk of malnutrition. Eligible referrals should have a completed malnutrition universal screening tool (MUST), with a score of two or more. For patients that required enteral tube feeding, there is a dedicated home enteral tube feeding dietitian in each of the boroughs.
Accessing the community nutrition and dietetics service
For patients residing and registered with a GP in Tower Hamlets
The Tower Hamlets Community Dietitians only accept referrals through the Single Point of Access (SPA). Patients can be referred by any member of the healthcare team using the SPA referral form. Please contact SPA on 0300 033 5000 or email for a copy of the referral form.
The Tower Hamlets community dietitian service can be contacted Monday to Friday, 08:30 – 16:30 by phone: 0208 223 8749 or email (please send confidential information from an NHS.net account only.
For patients residing and registered with a GP in Newham
Patients can be referred by any member of the healthcare team using the referral form. To obtain this form, please email the team and return the form by email or post to The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Newham Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust, Glen Road, Plaistow, London E13 8SL. You can also phone us on 020 7363 9249 (community dietitians) or 020 7363 8317 (administrator).
Community nutrition and dietetics service for clinicians
Useful websites and contacts
- British Dietetic Association
- Health Care Professions Council
- Tower Hamlets Weight Management Programme
- Fresenius Kabi Homecare 24 hour Helpline: 0808 100 1990 (for enterally tube fed patients requiring urgent out of hours telephone support).