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
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
- Difficulties affording food
- 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