In the clinical nutrition department we use our knowledge of nutrition, physiology and science to promote health and individually assess and treat disease-specific nutritional issues. We work to ensure that patients get the best nutritional care, treatment, information and support at the earliest possible opportunity.
Clinical nutrition is part of the SCOPe Directorate.
Our dietitians work across a range of specialty areas in the hospital including:
About your clinical nutrition appointment
You will be given an appointment if you are referred to a dietitian by your doctor in St James’s Hospital. You will be sent two text messages as reminders before your appointment with a 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.
Please note our cancellation / non-attendance policy
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.
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. Our limited shadowing slots will be prioritised to those that are applying for a course in human nutrition and dietetics.
Please submit your CV to; firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration between September and November and we will revert to you with potential dates in the following year.
Each year, the department participates in the SCOPe and Social Care Professionals Open Day. The day is aimed at 4th-6th year secondary school students or anyone interested in a career in any of the five social care professions. Each of the professions will give a brief overview of their role and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions.
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.
The Department of Clinical Nutrition has members of staff involved in research and audit, with many publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Pain Medicine Outpatient Clinic is located in suite 2 of the Outpatient Department.
Interventional pain procedures take place in the Day Surgery Centre which is located on the first floor of the main hospital.