Renal Nutrition Group guidance on management of renal nutrition and dietetic services during the COVID-19 pandemic

30 Mar 2020

This document is up to date as of 08th May 2020 and we will update it in line with new information that arises from the evidence as well as expert opinion from our members. Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any information to share that might be useful for others.


The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented challenges to the delivery of renal dietetic services. This will require significant planning and possible re-structuring of dietetic services to ensure that we are able to provide a safe and effective service during this time.

The purpose of this guidance is to maximise the safety of patients accessing renal services and renal dietetic staff. This document has been developed by members from the Renal Nutrition Group (RNG) of the British Dietetic Association (BDA).

This guideline is for:

  • health and care practitioners
  • health and care staff involved in planning and delivering renal dietetic services

The recommendations bring together:

  • existing national and international guidance and policies
  • the expert opinion of specialists working in the NHS from across the UK with expertise and experience of treating patients accessing renal services during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The RNG recognises that many renal units and dietetic departments in the UK are adopting a dynamic approach to the situation and management plans may change on a daily basis. In addition, the RNG recognises the high level of heterogeneity of staffing and delivery of renal dietetic services in the UK, which makes it challenging to create specific guidance which satisfies the individual needs of each renal dietetic service.

We recommend that this guideline is used in conjunction with the RNG section of the BDA website, where we request RNG members share any locally developed information and practical resources as a way of offering support to colleagues nationally.

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