Clinical Nutrition

Service Summary

Registered Dietitians (RD's) are experts in the area of nutrition and counselling. They are trained to provide individualized, evidence-based nutrition therapy to clients. The long term goals are to optimize nutritional status, improve health, increase longevity and enhance enjoyment of life.

Dietitians at the Deep River & District Hospital provide in-patient & out-patient care as well as being members of the North Renfrew Family Health Team. In collaboration with clients, caregivers and healthcare providers, they play an important role in promoting health, preventing disease and managing both acute and chronic diseases where nutrition is a key factor. Clients are usually seen individually for the initial visit. Strategies to manage nutrition related problems are discussed and tailored to meet each person’s individual needs. With input from each client, the RD determines the need for further follow up.

Examples of types of referrals to the Dietitians for individual assessment and counselling include:

  • Gastrointestinal Disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Lactose Intolerance, etc...
  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Pre/Postnatal Nutrition
  • Food Allergies and Sensitivities
  • General Nutrition
  • Weight Management (Underweight or Obesity)

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Weight Management Classes 

Weekly weight management classes will begin in September, which include nutrition education, exercise support and classes, weekly weigh-ins (if desired), In Body calculations and reports as well as ongoing support. Click here to email our Dietitians for more information.


What to bring to your appointment:

A list of your current medications and any nutrition supplements (including vitamins & minerals) and a record of everything you have eaten in the last 3 days would be helpful.

If you are not a patient of the North Renfrew Family Health Team, a Physician referral is required. To refer a patient please forward patient information, reason for referral & any pertinent lab results to:

Attn: Erica Van Drunen RD

fax: 613-584-2905

phone: 613-584-3333 x 7470

Contact Us

To schedule or change an appointment, contact hospital reception at: 613 584-3333 x 0 during their regular business hours (8am-4pm weekdays).


If you have any questions about group or individual appointments contact:

Erica Van Drunen RD at:

phone: 613 584-3333 x 7470 or

email: erica.vandrunen@drdh.org


Additional Resources

Have nutrition questions you want answered right away? Check out the sources below for reliable nutrition information:

Click here to view the EatRight Ontario website
, or contact them by phone at 1-877-510-5102.

Click here to view the Dietitians of Canada website.

Click here to view the Health Canada website, and Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating.

Click here to view the Alberta Health Services website