Providing quality nutrition care and support
Interior Health Dietitian Services provide nutrition expertise to ensure the delivery of quality nutrition care and support for you, your family and broader health care team. All dietitians working across Interior Health are registered members of the College of Dietitians of British Columbia. Registered dietitians (RD) are health professionals with a degree specializing in food and nutrition science from a Dietitians of Canada accredited university or college-approved program.
Dietitians working in hospitals provide medical nutrition therapy to individuals staying in hospital who are at nutrition risk. This may include providing feeding support through tubes (enteral) or directly into the blood stream (parenteral).
At risk individuals may include those with significant weight loss or low weight; poor food intake; ongoing nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; and/or worsening condition. If you or your family member is in hospital and are concerned about nutrition risk, ask your physician or nurse for a referral to see a Dietitian.
Community and clinic services
Dietitians also work in the community and through Interior Health clinics to support your nutritional needs at home. These staff play an important role in helping your early and safe discharge from hospital. They are also available to help individuals at higher nutritional risk or those nearing end of life to remain healthy in their home as long as possible.
For individuals living with a health condition, dietitians are also available to help you and your family with the knowledge, skills and resource information necessary to assist with your ongoing diet and nutrition needs. These services may be provided either individually or in groups at a local health centre, hospital clinic setting, doctor’s office or directly in your home, depending on your level of need, health status and ability to access.
Interior Health also has Public Health Dietitians who are Registered Dietitians that work with community groups, early childhood programs, school districts, organizations, health professionals, educators and local government to support and promote healthy eating at a broader population and policy level. Learn more about the role and work of our Public Health Dietitians.
Residential Care Dietitians provide nutrition care to individuals living in a residential care facility. A Nutrition Care Plan is created for every resident. These care plans are reviewed, monitored, and evaluated regularly in response to the changing needs of the person in care. Learn more about Residential Care.
We want to hear from you
If you are unhappy with the service you received, you are encouraged to speak with the person who provided the service, or to the manager of the area. All patients and clients are encouraged to try and resolve any issues at the time and place care is received.
If you still feel your concern has not been adequately addressed, you can contact the IH Patient Care Quality Office directly for further action.