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Oxford Kidney Unit

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Advice from the dietitians

A plate of healthy food with a fork

What do dietitians do?

The specialist renal dietitians work with chronic kidney disease (CKD), kidney stones and transplant patients and their carers to provide practical dietary advice.

Dietitians work closely with doctors, nurses and other health professionals within a 'multidisciplinary' team, to ensure a professional and comprehensive service.

The renal dietitians are based at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, but also cover the satellite units at Milton Keynes, High Wycombe, Stoke Mandeville, Swindon and Banbury.

Low clearance (CKD stages 4-5), general nephrology, renal stones, peritoneal dialysis and transplant patients are seen in joint clinics with the doctors and clinical nurse specialists. Haemodialysis patients are seen at their respective dialysis units.

An inpatient service is also provided on the renal and transplant wards. Patients can be referred to the renal dietetic service by any member of the multidisciplinary team.

What advice will I be given?

Often renal patients need to manage more than one dietary intervention. The Dietitian translates up to date scientific evidence into practical advice while taking into account the individual needs of the patient and their food preferences.

We offer advice and support about:

  • healthy eating
  • nutrition for those with a reduced appetite / unintentional weight loss
  • weight management for overweight patients who need to lose weight prior to transplant
  • managing potassium and phosphate levels
  • reducing salt - please see 'Salt' on this website
  • fluid management
  • kidney stones
  • food safety post transplant.

Our team

  • Nicola Fernandez
  • Severine Gregory-Smith
  • Joanne Hayden
  • Georgina Stevens
  • Rachel Thomas
  • Rachel Wormell

Contact us

Oxford Renal Dietitians: 01865 225061

Useful links and further information

Information sheets

Websites with sections on diet

Cookbooks and recipes

  • Eating Well for Kidney Health - expert guidance and delicious recipes for people with chronic kidney disease
    Helena Jackson, Claire Green and Gavin James
    £19.99 - purchase online via the Class Publishing website or other online retailer.
  • Food with Thought - tasty recipes for kidney patients and their families
    Download free your free copy from