The Dietetic Service

Newbridge House provides an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to anorexia and associated eating disorder treatment and the dietetic service is a key part of this approach.

What is a dietetic assessment?

When an individual is admitted to Newbridge House for inpatient treatment, a wide-ranging assessment of their medical, psychological, social and educational needs takes place.

This includes a dietetic assessment, which is an analysis of what the patient has been eating and drinking and their rate of weight loss.

Using this information, the dietitian is able to assess the correct level of nutritional support that is needed and produce an individual dietetic prescription.

This will include regular meals and snacks at a portion size that will meet the nutritional requirements of the patient.

Helping individuals to eat again

Enabling our patients to eat again is an essential first step, not only for their physical safety, but also in order to start working with them therapeutically.

Some of our patients have been eating very little for a substantial period of time. Re-feeding involves a major change for these patients and takes place under careful medical supervision.

For those who have been eating very little, the dietetic prescription will be incremental, taking gradual steps towards a normal diet. We recognise the psychological needs of our patients and will offer them support to enable them to eat their meals.

Food at Newbridge House

Our chefs prepare fresh food on the premises each day to the specification of the dietitian. We offer two choices and including a vegetarian options. Our menu offers high quality home cooking.

Staff will eat with patients in our dining room, offering consistent support to individuals throughout meal times.

For those who have been eating very little, the dietetic prescription will be incremental, taking gradual steps towards a normal diet. We recognise the psychological needs of our patients and will offer them support to enable them to eat their meals.

Progressing towards individual responsibility

Upon admission to Newbridge House, we take complete control over an individual’s eating pattern. This is often a relief to parents and provides the individual with a new sense of clarity about what they should eat and expectations of them at mealtimes.

As they progress through treatment, we will gradually allow them appropriate levels of responsibility, step-by-step.

This means, for example, they may sit with other young people rather than staff at meal times as a first step.

From this first stage, they will gradually move to preparing a meal for themselves in a supervised setting and shopping for food.

Our aim is always to provide a safe, phased transition from re-feeding to growing responsibility and the development of life skills in preparation for a phased return home.