Dietary Education

OUTPATIENT NUTRITION SERVICES

RVH Registered Dietitian's provide expertise in the areas of nutrition, and promote self management of various health conditions to improve overall patient health. This is achieved through individual and group counselling/education, as applicable, with a focus on both disease prevention and management. Outpatient nutrition consults require a referral from a physician or nurse practitioner.

Nutrition counselling referrals for renal disease and diabetes should be sent to the Nephrology Clinic and Diabetes Education Program.

Outpatient nutrition services are available for a variety of health conditions, but not limited to:

  • Celiac disease
  • Cholesterol management
  • Food allergies and intolerances
  • Gastrointestinal disorders including Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Liver disease
  • Vitamin/mineral deficiency
  • Hypertension
  • Cancer diagnosis effecting intake or weight maintenance
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Ostomy management

INPATIENT NUTRITION SERVICES

RVH Registered Dietitian's provide high quality evidence based nutrition therapy and education for admitted patients. The dietitian can be consulted from the admission checklist, Braden Scale or direct referral from any member of the health care team. Working with members of the interdisciplinary team, dietitians adjust the texture and consistency of foods to reduce difficulty eating at meals, and to increase safety. The dietitian also uses physical-based assessment to screen and manage malnutrition, diet and medication adjustments to optimize diabetes management, as well as aiding wound management from a nutritional aspect. Dietitians are also trained in the management of enteral nutrition support.

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and will not tolerate any form of violent, abusive or aggressive behaviour.