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Nutrition and Dietetics

The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics provides nutrition support and dietary education to inpatients, outpatients and those attending daycare in St.Vincent’s University Hospital.

We aim to provide evidence-based nutritional support and dietary advice as part of our multidisciplinary approach to patient care, encouraging them to become involved in managing their care.

We use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease which we translate into a practical guide to help people make the right lifestyle and food choices for their health and well-being


  • Nutrition support and dietary education to inpatients, outpatients and those attending daycare at St.Vincent’s University Hospital
  • Patients admitted to St.Vincent’s University Hospital are nutritionally screened using Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (MUST). Those scoring two or higher are referred to the dietitian.
  • Dietitians attend multidisciplinary clinics such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis, heart failure, mental health, renal, liver and pancreatic cancer clinics. General outpatient consultations are by appointment only.

One of the main roles of dietitians in St. Vincent’s University Hospital is to work as part of the healthcare team to provide nutritional care to patients who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition. Find out more about malnutrition, how to prevent it and who is at risk by reading our frequently asked questions.

Referral information

Only referrals for patients under the care of a consultant of St. Vincent’s University Hospital are accepted. Where appropriate, patients may be referred to community dietetic services for a weight management programme (PHEW) and type 2 diabetes management programme (XPERT) as well as any available follow-on care – where services exist –  e.g. risk of malnutrition or home enteral feeding.

Useful links

Community dietetic services

XPERT is a six-week education programme for those with Type 2 Diabetes run by community dietitians throughout Ireland.  XPERT has been run at the HSE Balally Primary Care Centre. Clients may enrol in an upcoming group by contacting Mary Doolan, HSE, Bray at (01) 274 4360 or (086) 0467775.  This is open to all with Type 2 Diabetes across Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO) 6.

PHEW (Programme for Healthy Eating and Weight Management) is a six-week programme run by a community dietitian to support clients with a body mass index (BMI) > 28 who need support to lose weight.  PHEW is held at HSE Balally Primary Care Centre.  Clients may enrol in an upcoming group by contacting Mary Doolan, HSE, Bray by phone (01) 274 4360 or (086) 8578703 or online by visiting  This is open to all across CHO 6.

Healthy Food Made Easy is a six-week course on healthy eating and cookery.  In Dublin South and Dublin South East, this programme is run in partnership between the HSE and Southside Partnership.  Trained peer leaders deliver the programme to groups with a community dietitian attending on week five for specific issues.  Cool Dudes is a modified version of the programme for 10-14 year olds and can be run in schools.  Groups with suitable premises, including a kitchen, interested in this programme can contact Ann McEvoy Healy, Coordinator, phone: (086) 4053376, email:

Latest news…

The Dietetic Department of St. Vincent’s University Hospital  was well represented at The British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN)’s annual conference in Belfast 26th and 27th November 2019.

Dr. Oonagh Griffin presented her findings from her Ph.D. on “Sarcopenia and Pancreatic Cancer’. Niamh O’Sullivan, Clinical Specialist Dietitian presented her poster on “Understanding Perspectives of Weight Gain Following Orthotopic Liver Transplant. Niamh was shortlisted for the Professor RG Clark award recognising the best poster and has been published in the journal ‘Liver Transplant’. Naomi Bates presented her poster on “An Audit of Blanket Oral Nutritional Supplements in Orthopaedic Patients”

The conference highlights included symposia on:

    • Early Management of Acute Intestinal Failure and Short Bowel Syndrome Intestinal Failure
    • Nutritional Management of Pancreatic Disease (Presentation by Dr Oonagh Griffin, Senior Dietitian, St. Vincent’s University Hospital
    • Muscles, frailty, falls and fractures – putting nutrition and exercise on the map across the healthcare continuum.
    • Against the odds – achieving optimal nutrition support in Upper GI cancer.
    • Discharging a patient on Home Parenteral Nutrition
    • Obesity, Appetite and Bariatric Surgery – an update for all healthcare professionals (Presentation by Dr Naomi Fearon, Specialist Registrar)



Dietitian Manager, Liz Barnes
tel:       (01) 221 4724


Department Administrator – Lorraine Sewell
tel:       (01) 221 4225
fax:      (01) 221 4225



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