Patient Experience

Patient Experience

The Clinical Nutrition department comprises of entry level, senior and clinical specialist dietitians who work across a range of specialties in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

One in three patients on admission to St James’s Hospital are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition. Dietitians use their knowledge of nutrition, physiology and science to promote health and individually assess and treat disease specific nutritional issues.

To be a dietitian in Ireland, you have to be registered with CORU Dietitians Registration Board. CORU is Ireland’s multi-profession health regulator.  CORU’s role is to protect the public by promoting high standards of professional conduct and competence through statutory registration of health and social care professionals.  All dietitians are required to follow a Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics and attain a high level standard of performance to remain on the register. 

We calculate individual nutritional requirements and devise specific, individualised evidence based nutritional care plans to include therapeutic diets, tube feeding and oral nutritional support as well as health promotion. As part of the SCOPe directorate we work closely with the wider multidisciplinary team with patient care at the centre of our approach. 

  • Our dietitians work across a range of specialty areas in the hospital including:

    • Acute Medical Admissions Unit and ED
    • Burns
    • Cardiology and Respiratory Medicine
    • Cardiothoracic Surgery
    • Critical Care
    • Diabetes and Endocrinology
    • ENT & Maxillofacial Surgery - Including Head and Neck Cancer Surgery
    • Gastroenterology & Hepatology
    • Gynae-Oncology Surgery
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Intestinal Rehabilitation
    • Haematology
    • Medical Oncology
    • Medicine for the Elderly
    • Nephrology
    • Neurology: Adult Ketogenic Diet Service and Adult Narcolepsy Service
    • Radiation Oncology
    • Surgery - Including Upper GI and Colorectal Surgery
    • All patients referred to the Department of Clinical Nutrition must be under the care of a St James’s Hospital consultant.
    • Referrals are accepted from St James’s Hospital medical, nursing and multidisciplinary team staff.
    • Unfortunately, referrals from GPs cannot be accepted. Local community nutrition and dietetic services may be available for patients under the care of their GP.
    • See here for contacts for community dietetic referrals.
  • Dietitians work with patients with nutrition-related illnesses or chronic diseases.  We work to ensure that patients get the best nutritional care, treatment, information and support at the earliest possible opportunity.

    About your appointment
    You have been given this appointment because you were referred to the dietitian by your doctor in St James’s Hospital.  You will be sent 2 text messages as reminders before your appointment with the dietitian.

    Your dietitian will assess your nutritional status and calculate your nutritional requirements.  A specific nutrition care plan will be designed with you to meet your nutritional needs.

    Notice of cancellation
    If you are unable to attend your appointment for any reason, please contact us by phone or email at least 48 hours in advance.  There is a waiting list to attend the dietitian.  By cancelling your appointment in advance we can then offer this appointment to another person.

    If you cancel two appointments within one year, you will be discharged from our service.  If discharged, another referral will be required from your consultant to see the dietitian.

    If you do not attend your appointment, a further appointment will not be scheduled.

    How to get to your appointment
    Our outpatient clinics are held in different areas in the hospital;
    - Suite 2 & 3 in the Outpatients Department, in the main hospital
    - Diabetic Day Centre, in Hospital 5
    - GEMS outpatients, Route 2, in the main hospital

    Please check your appointment card or letter to see where your appointment will be. Please see here  for a map of the hospital site.

    Please see here for details of how to get to the hospital including public transport options and car parking facilities.

    We welcome any comments or suggestions for improvements to our service.  In the case of feedback, please contact: Clinical Nutrition Manager, Sandra Brady on or (01) 416 2180

  • Student Training
    The Clinical Nutrition Department has been accredited as a base training hospital for undergraduate students of the Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Technological University Dublin and the University of Dublin since 1986.  The department also provides nutrition placement for University College Cork and Ulster University at Coleraine.

    Work Experience and Shadowing
    The department actively participates in the training of student dietitians. As a result of this commitment, the opportunities for work experience or shadowing are limited. 

    Transition Year Work Experience
    Unfortunately, the Clinical Nutrition Department at St James’s Hospital is not in a position to offer any transition year work placements at present. It is recommended that those interested in a career in dietetics also visit the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute


  • The Department of Clinical Nutrition welcomes 4th-6th year students considering a career in Dietetics to our bi-annual Open Day. In recent times, this event has taken place virtually

    The recording for the October 2021 Open Day can be found here.

    Upcoming events will be advertised in due course.

    Inquiries may be directed to

  • Click on the links below to see more information on nutrition and health.

    Please note that these resources and websites provide general information. Your dietitian may provide you with different advice that has been tailored to your specific condition/s.

    Nutrition Facts and Recipes
    HSE malnutrition supportive resources
    UCC/HSE ‘Making the Most of Every Bite’ recipe book
    Safefood ‘101 Square Meals’ recipe book

    Community education programmes
    HSE PHEW (community programme for healthy eating and weight management)
    HSE Diabetes Education Programmes

    Useful Websites
    Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute.
    Irish Cancer Society
    Irish Heart Foundation
    Diabetes Ireland
    Dementia - Understand Together
    Coeliac Society of Ireland
    Irish Kidney Association
    CORU - Regulating Health & Social Care Professionals
    Irish Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism
    European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism

  • St James’s Hospital requires applicants to complete a competency based application form for jobs within the dietetic department. Curriculum Vitae’s will not be accepted. Click here for more information on current vacancies.

  • We welcome any comments or suggestions for improvements to our service.

    If you wish to provide feedback, please contact the Clinical Nutrition Manager, Ms Sandra Brady, at; or call (01) 416 2180.

  • The Department of Clinical Nutrition has members of staff involved in research and audit, with many publications in peer-reviewed journals. 

Contact Details

Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.00pm

How to find us

The Clinical Nutrition Building is located behind Hospital 1 and 2

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