A dietitian (also known as a clinical nutritionist) is a health professional who is qualified to give accurate advice and information on all aspects of nutrition and diet. Dietitians apply knowledge of food, nutrition and other related disciplines such as biochemistry, physiology and social science to promote health, prevent disease and aid in the management of illness.
You may see a dietitian in a hospital (as an inpatient or outpatient) or in the community (at a clinic or in a care centre). Dietetic services may be accessed on a public or private basis.
Dietitians are registered by CORU.
Dietetic services are available free of charge through the public health service. However, availability may vary in different areas of the Health Service Executive (HSE).
If you access services privately, you will be charged for the service. You may be able to reclaim costs if you have private health insurance.
How to apply
You can be referred by a doctor, nurse or other health professional, or may be able to self refer. This depends on local policy and you should contact your Local Health Office or health centre for more information.
You can check the CORU register to find a registered dietitian in your area.