Registered Dietitians are experts in the field of nutrition and provide dietary advice on a range of health conditions. Dietitians use a patient-centred approach to promote and deliver quality nutrition care throughout Island Health.
Clinical dietitians assist patients in hospital and residential care to improve their overall nutrition.
Ask your physician or nurse practitioner for a referral to a Dietitian if you or your loved one are experiencing:
- Loss of appetite or decreased interest in eating
- Ongoing nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Unintentional weight loss or unexplained weight gain
- Decreased energy and strength
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
- Difficulty managing meals and grocery shopping at home
- Issues accessing food in the community; requiring information on food banks, meal and grocery delivery programs etc.
- Uncertainty on how to eat well for your diagnosis/ condition
In preparation for discharge, dietitians also work closely with patients/ and their loved ones to provide nutrition education. This helps set patients up for success when they leave hospital and head back into the community.
General Information on Inpatient Nutrition Services
If you, or a loved one, is receiving care in-hospital or residential care and are concerned about nutrition risk, ask your physician or nurse for a referral to see a dietitian.
Victoria and Cowichan Valley:
Janine Windsor, Manager of Chronic Disease Management and Nutrition Therapy Services
Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Comox Valley, Campbell River and Mt. Waddington:
Meena Karsanji, Manager of Chronic Disease Management and Nutrition Therapy Services