Nutrition and Dietetic Department

The NHS Lothian Nutrition and Dietetic Department employs registered dietitians and support staff.  We provide clinical care to patients of all ages in a variety of settings both in hospitals and the community in line with NHS Lothian priorities.  Nutrition and dietetic care is provided Monday to Friday in a variety of ways.  This includes individual one to one consultations, group education and we give support to help people deal with their conditions. 

The department also provides specialist advice to other professionals, both clinical and non clinical, on dietetic needs of patients such as catering departments in hospitals. We contribute to multidisciplinary health and social care teams and offer patients, relatives and carer training when needed.  The department has a commitment to clinical placements for student dietitians.
How to access services:
  • Direct referrals through your key health professional e.g GP, hospital doctor, district nurse, ward nursing staff, community psychiatric nurse, physiotherapist.
  • On discharge from hospitals. Where patients have already been treated by a dietitian, we aim to provide seamless care and continue this support if required when the patient has left hospital.  We may offer telephone review, clinic appointments or where necessary a home visit or a visit to a care setting.  
We are currently unable to provide a self referral service for all conditions, but are happy to take telephone enquiries from patients about how best to access the service.
NHS Lothian Head of Dietetics Fiona Huffer can be contacted on 0131 537 6539 or email  
All hospitals in Lothian have a dietetic service for inpatients and outpatients and there are community dietetic teams working throughout Lothian.  Some examples are:
  • CENT (Community Enteral Nutrition Team) 0131 537 9514 for those people being treated with tube feeding. 
  • The Weight Management Team 0131 537 9169 provide programmes of treatment for children and adults who are significantly overweight.
  • Learning Disability dietitians are based in the locality Community Learning Disability Teams throughout Lothian and support nutritional care of complex clients with learning disabilities.
  • Dietitians are also members of teams that support children and adults with eating disorders and are based in the Anorexia Nervosa Intensive Treatment Team (ANITT), the Cullen Centre and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
  • Community dietitians are based at the Leith Community Treatment Centre and Craigroyston Health Centre in North Edinburgh. 
  • In South Edinburgh they are based at Gracemount Health Centre, the Astley Ainslie Hospital or Sighthill Health Centre. 
  • In East Lothian the base is Roodlands Hospital and Musselburgh Primary Care Centre.
  • The Midlothian bases are the Bonnyrigg Health Centre and Midlothian Community HospitalThe West Lothian base is St John’s Hospital.  
“We will endeavour to support patient’s to meet their nutritional needs”.



Last Reviewed: 08/08/2013