A dietitian 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 to promote health, prevent disease and help manage illness.
You may see a dietitian in a hospital (as an in-patient or out-patient) or in the community (at a clinic or in a care centre).
Dietitians are regulated and 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 as a private patient, 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.