What does a Dietitian do?

Dietitians are the uniquely qualified to assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and public health level. Dietitians use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.

Dietetic Service in the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital:

The Dietitian assesses the nutritional status of patients, determines individual nutritional requirements and formulates a plan of care to meet these nutritional requirements. Education is provided for patients and carers on nutrition support and/or special dietary interventions appropriate to their plan of care.

The Department of Nutrition & Dietetics strives to enhance patient care by providing nutrition education to all relevant staff, and through ongoing research, audit and evaluation. The Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital(RVEEH) is also a centre for training dietetic students from the University College Dublin.

Referral Information

The Department of Nutrition & Dietetics provides nutrition support and dietary education to inpatients, out-patients and those attending day care in the RVEEH.

Referrals are accepted for patients who are currently under the care of a consultant in the RVEEH. The dietitian must receive a written referral from the patient’s medical team, before the patient can be seen for dietary intervention.

General out-patient consultations are made by appointment only.

Referrals directly from general practitioners (GPs) are not accepted. If you are not under the care of a consultant and would like to access Dietetic services contact your GP and they can then refer you to appropriate Dietetic services.

Opening Hours: Contact Details
Monday:    (7.75 hours) 8.30am – 4.45pm or 9am – 5.15pm Name:         Orla Haughey
Tuesday:   (7.75 hours) 8.30am – 4.45pm or 9am – 5.15pm Position:     Senior Dietitian
Thursday: (4.75 hours) 8.30am – 1.15pm Phone:         01 634 3602     Bleep: 61
Friday:       (7.75 hours) 8.30am – 4.45pm or 9am – 5.15pm Email:           orla.haughey@rveeh.ie


Useful Links:

Irish Cancer Society

Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute

Diabetes Federation of Ireland 

Irish Heart Foundation 

Health Promotion Unit 

Food Safety Promotion Board