Make sure your dietitian is qualified
While many of us have dietary concerns and are affected by the food we eat, few of us actually go out and do something to understand why our bodies suffer reactions to certain food, whether it be wheat, dairy products or even alcohol.
Some of us may even have gone to a nutritionist or a dietitian, only to find the results unsatisfactory. However, if you are going to see someone about your diet, make sure to consult a real dietitian.
Shockingly, there is only one full time private nutrition service in Cork, run by a qualified dietitian/clinical nutritionist. Cork Nutrition Consultancy and Dietetic Practice was founded in 1999 by Niamh O’Connor, an honours graduate of Trinity College Dublin and Dublin Institute of Technology. She has practiced as a dietitian in Ireland since 1993.
She is a full member of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute. Her business was the first of its kind in Cork and remains the longest established. Her practice is still the only fulltime private nutrition and dietetic consultancy in Cork which is run by a qualified dietitian.
Niamh herself says that she “graduated from TCD in 1993, and worked in teaching hospitals for many years, followed by three years as a research nutritionist in UCC”.
“I saw a niche in the market, so myself and my entrepreneurial spirit took the plunge, and have never looked back!
“I am passionate about what I do, and strive to maintain the high standards I've set for my business to remain a key provider of private healthcare,” she adds.
In Ireland, anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, nutrition therapist or consultant with very little qualifications or in some case no recognised qualifications whatsoever. Dietitians are the only people qualified to give clinical one-to-one nutrition and dietetic advice to adults and children.
Before you make an appointment, check on www.indi.ie that your nutritionist is qualified and registered. Consultation fees are approved by VHI, Laya and Aviva Health, so up to €45 per visit can be claimed back from your private health insurer, but only if your nutritionist is an INDI member.
Niamh’s private dietetic clinic is currently located in Suite 1, Touchstone, Blackrock Hall Primary Care Centre Cork, where she works as part of a multi-disciplinary team with other self-employed entrepreneurial healthcare professionals.
Niamh is a member of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI) and the Network of Enterprising Women (NEW). She has a special interest in paediatrics, gastroenterology (such as coeliac disease, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, IBS) and diabetes. Appointments for private one-to-one consultations are available by contacting Blackrock Hall directly on 021-4231166.