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Nutrition and Dietetics

If you’re finding it difficult to manage your diet and nutrition, we can support you with advice and guidance.

We can help you in many different ways, such as:

  • Individual consultations to assess, treat and educate you on therapeutic diets
  • Offering advice if you’re living in a residential home and are at risk of malnutrition (in special cases, we also see people in their own homes)
  • Supporting you if you’re receiving artificial nutrition at home to minimise complications and avoid going back into hospital
  • Running specialist weight management sessions
  • Providing nutrition education for you, your family, carers and other health professionals

We can also support you if you’re receiving care at Royal Berkshire Hospital.

Body Mass Index (BMI)

A healthy weight can be checked by calculating your Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is the measure of your height and weight, which is then compared against a chart. The BMI chart can give a good indication of whether you’re under or overweight, or you’re average weight.

Find out your BMI using the calculator:

Ethnicity can play a part in managing your weight. If you’re white (Caucasian) and have a BMI of more than 30kg/m2, or you’re Asian with a BMI of more than 27.5, we can offer you support through our virtual weight management group 'Weight off Your Mind'.  This six month programme can help you lose weight and includes a number of dietetic, psychological and exercise tools to do it safely.

Find more NHS information about BMI calculations

Weight Management if you have Type 2 Diabetes

We can also provide weight management advice if you have type 2 diabetes, such as low calorie liquid diets and specialist groups.

Contact your local dietetic team for further information.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Webinars and Clinics

We offer free live webinars and specialist clinics to provide advice on diet lifestyle choices if you have IBS.

Contact your local dietetic team to find out if you’re eligible to join.

Weight Off Your Mind (WOYM)

We provide a virtual weight loss course for anyone who needs to lose weight for health reasons. Our course has six sessions, which are held every two weeks, plus a final masterclass. Each session lasts for 90 minutes and is colour coded.

If you're registered for the WOYM course, you can use our course guide to track you progress.

WOYM course guide

Our dietitians can support you if you’re receiving tube feeding at home. It can take a while to adjust to tube feeding, but if you need support our videos and leaflets can guide you if you’re having difficulties.

You can also contact our team if you have any more questions.

I have questions about my feeding pump

If you have any questions about your tube, pump or devices, or you need to speak to an Abbott Nurse Advisor out of hours, you can contact the free Abbott helpline.

Call 0800 0183 799

My feeding tube has come out

If your balloon gastrostomy tube has fallen out, you will need to place stoma stopper or Enplug as soon as possible. Both our video and leaflet show you how to do this.

Watch our video on placing a Stoma Stopper

Stoma stopper guide

My feeding tube is blocked

If your gastrostomy or jejunostomy feeding tube is blocked, there are several ways you can try to unblock it.

Watch our video on unblocking a feeding tube

My Corflo PEG is broken

If the Y end on your Corflo PEG tube has broken, you can replace it with a new end connector.

Watch our video on replacing parts on your Corflo PEG tube

PINNT    

Patients on Intravenous & Nasogastric Nutrition Therapy (PINNT) is charity that provides practical support to you, your family and your carers if you’re receiving tube feeding or parenteral nutrition.

PINNT

I have other concerns

Our trouble shooting guide can support you if you have other questions about tube feeding

Trouble shooting guide

Not eating enough of the right things can lead to malnutrition. This might mean your feel more tired and find it difficult to concentrate. In some severe cases, malnutrition can lead to a higher risk of infections, falls and poor wound healing.

To support you, we use your Body Mass Index (BMI) number and assess your level of risk using our Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (MUST). Depending on your risk level and needs, we’ll work with you to create your care plan.

Our guides can help your learn more about nutrition.

If you’re a care professional, you can use these MUST assessments and care plans with your patients: 

Our service is available for both adults and children living in Berkshire.

Unfortunately we don’t accept self-referrals. If you’d like to access our service, please ask your healthcare professional to refer you through our HealthHub.

Phone number  0300 365 1234

Email address  bks-tr.healthhub@nhs.net

Appointment letters are now digital. You will receive a text message with a secure link to your appointment information and be able to confirm, cancel or rebook with just one click. Find out more information about digital correspondence here

Useful Contact Numbers

You can contact our teams and dietetics offices if you have questions about how we can help you.

Abbott Hospital to Home Service (24 hour helpline)          0800 0183 799

Royal Berkshire Hospital                                                        0118 322 7119

 

West Berkshire

Community Dietitians                                                           01635 273710

Learning Disabilities Dietitian                                              0118 207 7682

Children with Complex Needs Dietitians                             0300 365 4000 

Dietitians working in Royal Berkshire Hospital                   0118 322 7119

East Berkshire

Community Dietitians                                                             01753 636724

Learning Disabilities Dietitian                                                07500 918083

Children with Complex Needs Dietitians                               01753 635073

If you live in East Berkshire and need support, contact your GP and ask for a referral to our service.

All of our clinics in east Berkshire are open from 8.30am to 4pm, on certain days through the week.

Call 01753 636724 

Windsor

King Edward VII Hospital

St Leonards Road
Windsor
SL4 3DP 

  Friday

9am –12.30pm

Bracknell

Skimped Hill Health Centre

Skimped Hill Lane
Bracknell
RG12 1LH

 Monday

9am – 12.30pm

Maidenhead

St Mark's Hospital

St Mark's Road
Maidenhead
SL6 6DU

 Tuesday

9am – 12.30pm

Slough

Upton Hospital

Albert Street
Slough
SL1 2BJ

Friday

9am – 12.30pm

If you live in West Berkshire and need support, contact your GP and ask for a referral to our service.

All of our clinics in west Berkshire are open from 9am to 4pm, on certain days through the week. We also offer a small number of out of hours clinics.

Call 01635 273710

Hungerford

Hungerford Community Health Centre

2a The Croft
Hungerford
Berkshire
RG17 0HY

Wednesday

9.00am – 12pm

Thatcham

Thatcham Medical Practice

Bath Road
Thatcham
Berkshire
RG18 3HD

 Tuesday

1pm – 4pm

West Berkshire Community Hospital

London Road
Thatcham
Berkshire
RG18 3AS

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

9am – 4pm

9am – 4pm

9am – 12pm

Tilehurst

Tilehurst Clinic

Corwen Road
Tilehurst
RG30 4TA

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday    

Friday

9am – 4pm

9am – 12pm

9am – 12pm

9am – 4pm

9am – 12pm

Reading

Whitley Health Centre

268 Northumberland Avenue
Whitley
Reading
RG2 7PJ

Tuesday

9am – 12pm

Wokingham

Wokingham Hospital

Barkham Road
Wokingham
Berkshire
RG41 2XR 

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

 Saturday

9am – 4pm

9am – 7pm

9am – 7pm

9am – 12pm

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