The Trust

Nutrition and Dietetic Department 

The Nutrition and Dietetic Service is based at Macclesfield District General Hospital. The Dietetic Service is diverse, providing input across all clinical specialities and settings including, inpatients and outpatients and General Practice surgeries within Eastern Cheshire.   


Nutrition and Dietetics

The service objectives

  • To provide specialist inpatient care and outpatient clinics to provide therapeutic dietary advise as an integral part of disease management.
  • To maximise nutritional wellbeing in hospital to facilitate reduction in length of hospital stay and prevention of readmission.
  • To advise on and support appropriate cost effective prescribing of nutritional products across acute and community settings.
  • To assess and offer advice and ongoing support and equipment to adults and children who are tube fed.
  • To provide a range of training programmes to medical and nursing staff 

Our services

What do you offer to staff?

  • Opportunities to work in a multi-professional team across a range of settings.
  • Continual professional development, competency based training and department clinical guidelines to support evidence based practice.

What are the benefits of your services?

  • Help promote nutritional well-being, treat disease and prevent nutrition related problems.
  • Provide patient specific advice, which is practical, safe and based on current scientific evidence.
  • Contribute to the hospital avoidance agenda
  • Safe and timely discharge of patients


What are the benefits of a dietitian?

Dieticians are highly specialised practitioners who:

  • are an expert source of current nutrition information
  • help promote nutritional well-being, treat disease and prevent nutrition related problems
  • hold a recognised graduate qualification in nutrition and dietetics
  • are Registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • provide patient specific advice, which is practical, safe and based on current scientific evidence.
  • respect the needs of the individual


Where can you see a dietitian?

Dependant on referral reason and personal preference you will be seen by the dietitian in one of the following locations:

As an inpatient:

  • Macclesfield District General Hospital
  • Congleton War Memorial Hospital

Outpatient or community visits:

  • Your GP practice surgery
  • Out-patient clinics at Macclesfield District General Hospital
  • Nursing homes


The services that dietitians provide include:

  • Ward based nutritional advice
  • Home enteral feeding and sip feed
  • Diabetes
  • Weight management
  • Gastroenterology and Irritable Bowel syndrome
  • HIV
  • Paediatrics
  • Cardiac rehabilitation

Opening times

Monday - Friday: 08:00 – 16:30

Our team

The Nutrition and Dietetic Team provides individualised dietetic intervention to a wide ranging client group. The dietetic teams are:

Hospital Team

Hospital dietitians provide specialist dietary advice to help patients to manage their medical condition and maintain nutritional status while in hospital and to promote recovery. Dietitians work closely with multi disciplinary teams such as Paediatrics, diabetes, critical care, gastroenterology, stroke and oncology, including specialist outpatient clinics.

GP Practice Team

GP Dietitians provide an outpatient service for patients to attend in their GP practice. Within these clinics the dietitian provides advice on therapeutic diets for disease management.

Home Enteral Feeding Team

This team provides oral nutrition support and tube feeding advice to patients in residential nursing homes and their own homes. 

Community Nutrition Support Team

This team provides advice to housebound patients in their own home and those resident in Care Homes. They provide advice on any nutritional problems this group of patients has, including oral nutrition support, managing diabetes, weight reduction etc. They also provide training to care home staff and other community professionals to identify those at risk of malnutrition, and to support those individuals with appropriate diet to meet their nutritional needs.

Weight Management Team

The weight management team provides both hospital and community based clinics to assist patients in achieving weight reduction and weight maintenance, prior to bariatric surgery.

Who's Who

Georgina Timson - Acute Team Leader 
Tel: 01625 661312


Department contact details

East Cheshire NHS Trust: Macclesfield District General Hospital, Victoria Road, Macclesfield, SK10 3BL

  • General enquiries/outpatient appointments: 01625 661126

Opening times:  Monday - Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm




How can I be referred to a dietitian?

Individuals can access the services of a dietitian through their GP or hospital consultant. The doctor will complete a referral form or letter providing relevant medical information. This helps the dietitian to complete a detailed dietary assessment and provide appropriate dietary advice.

What to expect and bring to first appointment

The initial appointment with the dietitian will last approximately 30 minutes. During this appointment the dietitian will take a thorough diet history and ask questions regarding any past medical history and current medication. This will enable the dietitian to provide appropriate dietary advice. To assist the dietitian, we ask that all patients bring an up to date record of their current prescribed medications and any relevant medical information.

Follow up

If a follow up is required an appointment will be made for approximately 15 minutes.

What if I cannot make my appointment?

If the appointment time is inconvenient or you are unable to make the appointment date, please contact us as soon as possible and we will rearrange this for you.

Macclesfield 01625 661126


For General Practice dietetic appointment, please call your GP surgery to rearrange or cancel a dietetic appointment