EMG Dietetic Clinic - Frequently asked questions

How do I make an appointment at EMG Dietetic Clinics?

The Elaine McGowan Dietetic Clinics will accept referrals from yourself, consultant, GP or other health professional.To make an appointment at your chosen clinic, you initially make contact with the clinic by email or telephone and you will be given an appointment. If the clinic is busy, please leave a message and you will be contacted as soon as possible with the next available appointment.

The dietitian may request a GP or consultant referral for some medical cases and may contact an appropriate medical professional if any clarification of medical results or treatment is required. Your consultant or GP may refer you to the clinic by sending a letter to request a consultation and with your medical details and reason for a dietetic consultation. In this instance you will be contacted by the clinic to make an appointment for you.

You may book an appointment online here.

What will I need to bring to a dietetic consultation?

On making your appointment you will be sent a dietary and lifestyle diary to complete. Bring this to your initial consultation.Normal clothing may be worn as at the consultation your height, weight, waist and hip measurements will be taken. Body fat may be carried out on request.

If you are currently taking prescribed medications and/or nutritional supplements it is useful to bring a list of these including dose amounts. Relevant medical history will be helpful, for example, diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, osteopenia, history of anaemia etc.

How many times will I need to see the dietitian?

The number of review consultations required is dependent on your reason for consulting with a dietitian and may vary for individual cases. At your initial consultation, when we have jointly agreed your nutritional requirements and goals, we can advise you of the number and frequency of review consults recommended.

For example, if you required a consult with the dietitian for irritable bowel syndrome, you would require an initial consultation and one or two review consults. However, if you require consultations for weight management you may require more frequent review consults initially and then monthly reviews. Many clients, on achieving their goals, require two to three annual visits.

Do I need a doctor's referral to attend the EMG Dietetic Clinic?

No, anyone, can make an appointment for a dietetic consultation. However, the dietitian may request a GP or consultant referral for some medical cases and may contact an appropriate medical professional if any clarification of medical results or treatment is required.

Private Medical Insurance

As Elaine McGowan is a registered member of CORU and INDI where applicable it may be possible that you are due a partial refund of the consultation fee depending on your policy. Please retain all receipts and ensure you contact your Insurance Company to discuss their procedure of applying for a refund.

Fees may also be included in Med 1 form for tax relief. Med. 1 forms are available from your local tax office or downloaded from www.revenue.ie

Why See a Dietitian?

Dietitians help promote nutritional well-being, treat disease and prevent nutrition related problems. Advice from a Dietitian is practical, safe and based on current scientific evidence.

Prevention is better than cure - Neglecting your diet can lead to a number of related health problems such as obesity, tiredness, anaemia, irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion and constipation. A nutritional check up can help to prevent or alleviate any of these problems.

Specific medical conditions - Dietitians are clinically qualified to treat a range of medical conditions with dietary therapy. If any of the following conditions apply to you, you may benefit from a dietitian

Do you take on Work Experience Students / Work Placement Students?

Unfortunately Elaine McGowan is unable to facilitate Work Experience students, including Transition Year Students, at this time. Due to the private one-to-one nature of a dietitian consultation, it is very difficult to incorporate work placement students.

We would suggest that you contact the INDI office for further information and apply to large teaching hospitals that have dietetic departments. We would like to wish you every success with your future career.

Helpful Links

Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute - www.indi.ie

Safefood - www.safefood.eu

Food Safety Authority - www.fsai.ie

Health Promotion Unit - www.healthpromotion.ie

Department of Health and Children - www.doh.ie

Bord Bia - www.bordbia.ie

Bord Iascaigh Mhara - www.bim.ie

National Dairy Council - www.ndc.ie

Heart - Irish Heart Foundation - www.irishheart.ie

Diabetes - Diabetes Federation of Ireland - www.diabetes.ie

Cancer - Irish Cancer Society - www.cancer.ie

Coeliac Disease - Coeliac Society of Ireland - www.coeliac.ie

Crohns/Colitis - Irish Society for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease - www.iscc.ie