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I am a registered dietitian with the HCPC and the British Dietetic Association and I have 16 years experience, working with adults for 10 years before specialising in Paediatrics for the last 7 years. I have a particular interest in the nutrition and health of children and their families. If you have any health concerns about you or your child and you wish to consult me for advice I will provide you with professional and up to date scientific evidence based dietary treatment on you or your child’s complaint.
What to expect.
The consultation will be informal and relaxed. I will ask questions to get information about the signs and symptoms of the complaint and ask about you or your child's diet history. This is to gather clues and link symptoms together with the foods your child is eating to ascertain the best dietary treatment. I will weigh and measure your child and I may request your G.P to take a blood sample to test for nutritional deficiencies. Every person is different, what works for one does not always work for another so my advice is tailored to the individual.
I believe in using good quality ingredients when cooking food so I will provide practical recipes and shopping tips to you to help make any changes required easy to implement. I can also do some practical cooking with you and your child in your own home if you would like to build up your skills in the kitchen.
I have children of my own and know first hand as well as working closely with sick children and their parents the trials and stresses of dealing with children who can't or won't eat. I believe very much in a whole family approach and often my advice will benefit other family members.
Areas of interest
Paediatric Dietitian: Congenital Heart Disease; Type 1 Diabetes and support with carbohydrate counting; Allergies and intolerances; ADHD and autism; Picky eaters or selective eaters; Advice with weaning or good nutrition during breastfeeding; Constipation; Overweight and obesity; Nutrition Support - underweight or vitamin and mineral Deficiencies; Coeliac Disease; Chrohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis; Children with complex needs.
Adults: Overweight and obesity; High cholesterol; High blood pressure; Polycystic Ovarian Symdrome; Irritable Bowel Syndrome; Coeliac Disease; Coronary Heart Disease; Nutrition for boosting fertility; Fibromyalgia; Bowel discomfort - Diarrhoea or Constipation.
Current NHS consultant posts held
Paediatric Dietitian at Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children
- Bsc Hons Nutrition and Dietetic Robert Gordon University 2000
- Paediatric Dietetic masters modules 2 University of Southampton 2012
- Paediatric masters module 3 University of Southampton 2014
Affiliations / memberships
Member of the British Dietetic Association
Registered by the Health and Care Professionals
- 104 Garvaghy Road, Cullybackey, Ballymena, BT42...
- 09:00 - 17:00
- 07718 068383
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
Other ways of contacting me
I can be contacted directly using Skype. My Skype ID is: Judith.calvin