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Whangarei Hospital Dietitian Services
The primary focus of the hospital dietitians is to support the service requirements of hospital inpatients and their treatment while in hospital.

Patients will be referred as appropriate to a dietitian for specialised input during their admission. The dietitian will assess and recommend a nutritional treatment to support the specialist management of the patient. This may also include education for the patient and follow up as an outpatient. The overall goal of NDHB in provision of food for people during their stay in hospital is to “Provide meals that are appetising, nutritionally adequate, microbiologically safe and of acceptable and consistent quality and in correct quantities, for the different ethnic and cultural groups within the NDHB population, particularly Maori.”
Meals for Inpatients
Inpatients are provided with meals specific to their condition, disease or treatment based on evidence based practice guidelines and reinforce the direction of the Ministry of Health.

Whangarei Hospital has over 40 diet codes to support the treatment needs of different ethnic and cultural groups, common conditions/diseases and treatment processes. The following are some examples of the range of diets: vegan, milk protein free, very low fat, high fat, low salt, high salt, low potassium, high potassium, allergen free, fluid diets, soft, minced or puree, renal diets, tube feeding and IV nutrition. Some of the diets do not consist of standard foods or what are considered "everyday" foods. A fluid diet may be necessary after surgery to aid a patient back to eating; as things improve the intention is for the patient to change to a different diet and begin to eat solid foods. Texture modified diets – minced or puree are often required for people with swallowing problems after a stroke or due to a degenerative condition or disease. 

Patients are offered a choice of options within the majority of diet codes, but if a diet code is changed by a nurse or a dietitian or a speech language therapist, often the next few meals provided will not be what was chosen.
To ensure your needs for your eating and your meals are met, please first speak to your nurse and the menu clerk, if necessary they will refer you on to a dietitian.




AJ (Adrianna) Hepburn


Bev Basher

Acute Medical

Christine Frost

Surgical, Orthopaedics and ICU

Edith Bennett

Healthy Lifestyles Team - Public & Population Health

Emily Fraser

Child Health, Ward 2

Hannah McCarrison

Professional Advisor Dietitian / Manager Dietitian Advisory

 Ingrid Hart


Kate Rhodes

Surgical, Orthopaedics and ICU

Kate Taylor


Katie McVerry

Assessment and Rehab, Stroke Unit

Hannah McCarrison


Mary McNab

Child Health, Ward 2

Olwyn Talbot-Titley


VirJean Primeau



Referral Expectations

Please refer to HealthPathways for Dietitian Services available at Northland District Health Board and our referral processes.

Procedures / Treatments

  • Heart Healthy Eating

    As part of the Manaaki Manawa Heart Health programme people are welcome to attend group sessions specifically focused on heart healthy eating.… More PDF

  • Healthy Eating for People with Diabetes

    More PDF

  • Support for Weight loss

    Support to lose weight is currently provided for children and their families under the Child Health Centre Lifestyle Programme and for adults accepted on the Bariatric Surgery Programme. More PDF

  • General Nutrition Websites

    Healthy Food Guide
    Canterbury DHB Public Health Nutrition Fact Sheets… More

Document Downloads

  • Everyday Meal and Snack Ideas (PDF, 2.3 MB)
    Quick and easy low cost recipes using basic foods for you and your family. These recipes have been designed by dietitians to be healthier for the whole family. They are all suitable for people with diabetes, if the right amount is eaten. If you are not sure, or have any special dietary needs, check with your doctor or dietitian.
  • Kia kaha te kai - Easy Cooking for Healthy Whanau (PDF, 6.4 MB)
    Developed by Te Korowai Hauora O Hauraki. 'Whanau focused, nutritionally sound, budget conscious.'
  • Healthy Eating on a Tight Budget (PDF, 1.2 MB)
    The Great Little Cookbook, hints and healthy eating on a tight budget
  • Oranga Kai (PDF, 1.7 MB)
    Healthy Eating for Adult Maori
  • Out with Gout (PDF, 1.4 MB)
    PHARMAC guide on how to live a healthy life with gout.
  • Iron in Foods (PDF, 139.5 KB)
    Iron the Body's Gold, New Zealand Beef and Lamb pamphlet
  • Slash the Salt (PDF, 2.9 MB)
    A food guide to decreasing salt and sodium
  • Waikato DHB Healthy Kai for Catering Guide (PDF, 692.8 KB)
    A great guide from Waikato DHB, it provides healthy food choices for hui and events.

Contact Details

Whangarei Hospital


Fax (09) 430 4115 during working hours; (09) 430 4132 after hours

Emergency Department: Open 24 hours / 7 days, Phone (09) 430 4100

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Whangarei Hospital
2 Hospital Road

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Whangarei Hospital
Private Bag 9742
Whangarei 0148

This page was last updated at 2:51PM on May 16, 2017. This information is reviewed and edited by Northland DHB Dietitians.