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Healthy plate

Dietitians are qualified and regulated health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public-health level. They use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.

Who are we?

Paediatric dietitians work closely with clinicians, specialist nurses and other allied health professionals, in all medical and surgical specialties across the Children's hospital, advising on therapeutic diets or nutritional support for our inpatients and outpatients. We also attend multidisciplinary clinics with specialist teams and run dietetic-led outpatient clinics daily for children and young people, accepting referrals from Children’s Hospital consultants, GPs and health visitors from GGC.

The team
RHC Dietetics team

We have specialist dietetic teams working in Inherited Metabolic Disorders, Gastroenterology, Neonatology, Nephrology, Oncology, Cardiology, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Ketogenic diets, Neurology, Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes, Food Allergy and Tube Feeding. Some of our services are regional, which enables us to support children and young people throughout Scotland.

We work with all members of the multidisciplinary team to provide holistic care for our patients.

We also work closely with our special feed unit, a dedicated team who prepare daily specialist feeds for our inpatients, under stringent safety and hygiene conditions. Additionally, we also work with a diet kitchen who can provide specialist menus for our patients.

We are fortunate in our ability to train the next generation of dietitians. Therefore, we have student dietitians with us throughout the year.

Attending appointments

We see children and young people at outpatient clinics, home visits or in school as appropriate and have close links with our colleagues working in the community. 

When you are seen by our paediatric dietetic service, we will ask you what matters to you, and following assessment will discuss how we can help you. We will normally give you advice depending on our nutritional assessment.

Some out-patient consultations are also delivered remotely by telephone and video. For more information on video consultation go to Attend Anywhere / Near Me. If attending an appointment remotely, it is beneficial for our assessment if you can have an up-to-date weight and height ready for us. 

Referral criteria

Depending on who the referral is from and whether it meets RHC paediatric dietetic criteria, you may be seen at RHC, or a paediatric outreach clinic.

Alternatively, you may be seen by a community dietitian, who is based near your local area. If this is the case, please visit Information for Children - NHSGGC 

Opening hours

Our core hours are Monday to Friday, 8.30am-4.30pm. 

We are available for emergency work for inpatients Saturdays & Sundays, 9.00am–12.30pm 

Contacting us
Telephone: 0141 451 6443

This is an answerphone service, if leaving a message, please provide date of birth or CHI, and the full name of the child/young person  

Editorial Information

Last reviewed: 06 September 2023

Next review: 30 September 2028

Author(s): RHC Paediatric Dietetics Department