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COVID-19 service update:

We are accepting all appropriate referrals into the service and they are being assessed on a priority basis. Most consultations will remain remotely delivered, however where it is deemed clinically appropriate support will be offered face to face in a clinic venue or with you at home.

You may find the following website pages useful:

Or you can watch a summary of what to expect from different types of appointment in the following animations:


Dietitians are the only qualified health professionals that assess and treat dietary and nutritional problems. Dietitians use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease which they translate into practical guidance to enable individuals to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.

Who's it for?

Our Adult Nutrition and Dietetic Service is a city-wide service supporting adults (16 years and older) with a range of nutrition and health needs including:

  • Difficulties with eating and drinking that might result in under nutrition 

  • Gut and bowel conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome

  • Low FODMAP diet 

  • Diabetes and heart disease

  • Dietary assessment and advice regarding nutritional deficiencies

On referral, the service will offer a consultation at a local clinic or if necessary a home visit (including care homes). The dietitian works with the individual to identify changes that are needed to help them be as healthy as possible, and to support the individual and their family/carers by providing practical and accurate advice and information.

The service also runs education groups for clients with cardiac and respiratory problems as these are shown to be effective in supporting people to improve their lifestyles.

Dietitians also work:

  • As part of the community diabetes service

  • As part of the community neurology and stroke services

The service is provided by registered dietitians with trained support staff and a responsive administration team.

Referrals 

Please be aware that we are a referral-only service via a GP or other healthcare professionals, e.g. community matron or district nurse.

Referral information can be found on Leeds Health Pathways website.

The COVID-19 Malnutrition Helpline s a dedicated phone line which puts the public and health and social care professionals in touch with a team of dietitians who can provide advice on a range of issues relating to difficulties with eating and drinking whilst recovering from COVID-19, such as taste changes, poor appetite, a dry mouth and unintentional weight loss. In addition the team can provide guidance around food access, nutritional supplements and pressure ulcers.

No referral is needed for the COVID-19 Malnutrition Helpline

Tel: 0113 8430905
9:00am - 4:00pm, Monday to Friday

Email: lch.malnutrition@nhs.net

What is malnutrition?

Malnutrition is a lack of good nutrition usually caused by not having enough to eat or not getting the essential nutrients you need to keep healthy. If not dealt with early it can lead to other problems.

Who is at risk of malnutrition?

  • People recovering from COVID-19
  • Those who are housebound or living alone
  • Those who are not well enough to shop for food or who cannot cook/prepare meals for themselves
  • People with dementia
  • Those with depression or low mood
  • People with dental or mouth problems

We can provide advice for any of the following:

  • Not eating enough or getting full quickly
  • Poor appetite
  • Losing weight unintentionally or clothes/jewellery looser than normal
  • Constipation
  • Difficulties affording food
  • Dehydration
  • Frail and risk of falls
  • Wounds or a pressure ulcer that won’t heal 
  • Not well enough to shop or cook
  • Eating difficulties related to dementia

We asked patients during COVID-19 lockdown how we could improve our service.

Whilst talking to our patients we found out how they would prefer future contacts; 24% preferred telephone, 20% home visit, 15% Clinic, 15% SMS, 11% Webinar, 8% email and 2% other.

Most people were satisfied with the service received, happy to be offered telephone appointment given the circumstances, grateful for advice given, very knowledgeable and confident in what we do. The things we need to improve on are more updates and better communication on service during COVID- 19, send more resources that patient can have access to anytime and the letters sent were difficult to understand.

Following the feedback we are now offering video consultations instead of telephone appointments if these are what a patient prefers, a weighing service team that are available for patients who are housebound so that they can be weighed, we reviewed our letters to try and make sure they can be easily read in the future and a small number of face to face appointments available from October 2020 when needed.

Continuing to listen to you…from 2021 we are still keen to hear your views and will continue to share them on this website. Please use QR code or click on this link to have your say…

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Nutrition and Dietetics

Tel: 0113 843 0890

Administrative Office
Parkside Community Health Centre
311 Dewsbury Road
LS11 5LQ

Mon to Fri 9:00am to 4:30pm

We are not an out of hours service, so please leave a message or contact your GP.

Malnutrition Helpline

Tel: 0113 8430905
Mon to Fri 9:00am - 4:00pm

Email: lch.malnutrition@nhs.net

We are currently reviewing our website to make all content accessible. If you are looking for a download, such as a leaflet or booklet that you can no longer find, please contact the service on the details above.

Useful links 

British Dietetic Association 

'British Dietetic Association Food Facts’

The LEEDS Programme - for anyone who has been recently diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes and is registered with a Leeds GP. Read more about it here (please include link to the LEEDS Programme’s page on the website)

For people who wish to access advice regarding; managing their weight, stopping smoking, moving more, eating well and improving their cooking – please visit the OneYou Leeds website


For Childrens Nutrition and Dietetics please view this page

Why work with us?

We are…

  • A large progressive team of approx 30 friendly dietitians
  • Based in Leeds in Yorkshire - a vibrant city with a diverse population
  • An innovative and solution focussed award winning team!

What we do…

  • The Adult Team work in a variety of settings – clinics, groups, care homes and patients homes
  • We manage our own caseloads within specific areas of the city 
  • We are pioneering in patient outcome measures and service improvements

What you can expect…

  • Preceptorship – help you on your transition from student to autonomous practitioner
  • Great support with regular clinical supervision sessions and development
  • Be involved in innovation and research in practice
  • Opportunities such as student training

If you want us to add you to our mailing list for job updates contact us on 0113 843 0890 or lchdieteticsadmin@nhs.net or visit our work for us page

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