Nutrition Services for adults

Meet the team

This page gives you details about the team working in our Nutrition Services.

                                                    Nutrition Services Team

Management Team

The Nutrition Service is part of the Medicine Services department.

You can find out about the Management Team on the Medicine Services Meet the Team page.


Mr Fintan BerginConsultant Surgeon

  • Consultant Surgeon
  • Tel: 0191 28 20488
  • GMC Code: 4232436
  • Qualifications: MB BCh FRCSI FRCS(Gen)
  • Special Interests

    Intestinal Failure, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Surgical Nutrition.

    Infection in Surgery.

  • Biography

    I irained in Ireland, Australia and the North East, primarily in General and Colorectal Surgery. Subsequent interests have led to specialisation in the areas of complex inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and intestinal failure and the surgical care of these patients.

    Core member of Nutrition Multi-Disciplinary Team at both the Freeman Hospital and the RVI. Core member and surgical lead for IBD at Newcastle Hospitals.

    Research interests have included surgical complications, infection and sepsis.

    Instructor, Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient.

  • Directorate

    General Surgery

  • Hospital Base

    Freeman Hospital and RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    RVI: Inflammatory Bowel Disease and General Colorectal on Thursday mornings.

    Freeman: Intestinal Failure Clinic on Wednesday mornings.

  • Name of Secretary
    Ms Susan Gray
  • Any other Information

    Also provides services for emergency surgery and trauma.

  • Fintan Bergin 

Dr Chris DipperConsultant Physician

  • Consultant Physician
  • Tel: 0191 282 4610
  • GMC Code: 6025782
  • Qualifications: BMedSci BMBS MRCP(UK) CertClinEd
  • Special Interests

    Inflammatory bowel disease


    General gastroenterology


    Acute medicine

  • Biography

    I qualified in Medicine at the University of Nottingham Medical School.  I undertook postgraduate training as a junior doctor as part of the Manchester medical rotation.  I worked as a Specialist Registrar on the Northern Deanery (Newcastle) Gastroenterology rotation and am now dual certified in Gastroenterology and General Internal Medicine.  I am a certified endoscopist with full JAG accreditation.

    I am a Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist based primarily at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.  I am the Clinical Lead for the Assessment Suite, which is a new state of the art facility, receiving and treating acutely unwell patients from the Emergency Department and from General Practice.  I also lead the RVI Nutrition Team and am part of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Team within our tertiary centre.  I am an investigator in several multi-centre trials aimed at providing better and more effective treatments for patients with inflammatory bowel disease. 

    I am also interested in medical education and am an Associate Lecturer with the University of Newcastle, teaching and tutoring undergraduate, as well as postgraduate students.

  • Directorate


  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided


  • Name of Secretary
    Jane Rutherford
  • Any other Information

    Email secretary -


  • Chris Dipper 

Professor Derek M ManasConsultant Hepatobiliary and Transplant Surgeon

  • Consultant Hepatobiliary and Transplant Surgeon
  • Tel: 0191 223 1192
  • GMC Code: 4059400
  • Qualifications: Bsc MBBCh Mmed (UCT) FRCSEd FCS (SA)
  • Special Interests
    Hepato-pancreato-biliary and transplant surgery
  • Biography

    Professor Manas was educated and trained in Cape Town, South Africa and completed fellowships at ‘Johns Hopkins - USA’ and ‘Paul-Brousse, Paris’. He was the recipient of the ’CJ Adams/Sandoz Traveling Fellowship’ to the UK in 1993 and joined the NHS at the Freeman Hospital in 1994.

    Professor Manas attained a personal chair in Transplantation at Newcastle University in  2007 and has been instrumental in successfully developing three super-regionally funded transplant programmes in the North East of England - namely: Liver, Pancreas and Islet transplantation – as well as establishing and managing Liver and Pancreas cancer surgery in Newcastle.

    Professor Manas is also a member of a number of national committees including NICE, Liver and Pancreas Advisory Groups, British Transplant Society and ELTA and was recently involved in re-designing the organ donor retrieval service on a national level. He is also Chair of the Transplant Surgeons Forum and has a well established national and international research reputation in primary liver cancer, radio-frequency ablation of liver tumours and liver transplantation for primary liver cancer.

    More recently Professor Manas has been developing the UK’s very first ‘Institute for Transplantation’ on the Freeman Hospital site – a fully integrated facility dedicated to all aspects of transplantation as well as fostering research and development all under one roof.

  • Directorate
    Surgical Services
  • Hospital Base
    Freeman Hospital
  • Name of Secretary
    Gail Pretorius
  • Professor Derek Manas 

Dr Chris MountfordConsultant Physician and Gastroenterologist

  • Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist
  • Tel: Freeman 0191 233 7209 or RVI 0191 282 4936
  • GMC Code: 6076939
  • Qualifications: MBBS, MRCP, MSc, Cert Clin Ed
  • Special Interests

    Clinical nutrition and nutritional support; Intestinal Failure; Home Parenteral Nutrition; Inflammatory Bowel Disease; Postgraduate Education and Training.

  • Biography

    I trained at Newcastle University and carried out postgraduate training in medicine and specialist gastroenterology training throughout the North East. I was appointed as a consultant in Gastroenterology and General Internal Medicine in Newcastle in March 2014.

    My clinical interests include the care of patients with malnutrition, in particular patients with severe malnutrition, requiring parenteral nutrition (receiving nutrition via an infusion into a vein). I am part of the team which provides the home parenteral nutrition (HPN) service for adults living in the North East of England.

    I am a certified endoscopist with full JAG accreditation (ensuring the quality and safety of patient care), and perform gastrointestinal endoscopy at the Freeman Hospital.

  • Directorate
  • Hospital Base

    Freeman and RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    Monday afternoon – RVI (General gastroenterology)

    Tuesday afternoon – Freeman (Nutrition/HPN clinic and general gastroenterology)

  • Name of Secretary
    Freeman Claire Dixon, RVI Helen Durham
  • Any other Information

    Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy Endoscopy lists: Wednesday evening list (5.00 to 8.00pm), and Friday morning list.

  • Chris Mountford 

Dr Nick ThompsonConsultant Physician & Assistant Medical Director

  • Consultant Physician & Assistant Medical Director
  • Tel: 0191 233 7209
  • GMC Code: 3190353
  • Qualifications: MBBS, MD, FRCP
  • Special Interests

    Within Gastroenterology; patients with malnutrition and patients with inflammatory bowel disease (including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)

  • Biography

    I trained in London and was a registrar and research fellow at the Royal Free Hospital.  I completed my postgraduate training in the Northern Region and was appointed as a consultant physician and gastroenterologist in Newcastle in March 1998. 

    At the Freeman Hospital we have developed the specialist care of patients with severe malnutrition, especially those requiring parenteral nutrition (having nutrition via an infusion into a vein). 

    Research interests have also included the maintenance of bone health in patients with Crohn’s disease.  I have been involved in training registrars in gastroenterology as the Programme Director for the region, have been the Clinical Director for medicine between 2011-15 was appointed Assistant Medical Director.  In June 2015 I was appointed secretary for the British Society of Gastroenterology for a 4 year period.

  • Directorate


  • Hospital Base

    Freeman Hospital

  • Clinics Provided

    Monday mornings - General Gastroenterology

    Tuesday afternoons - Nutrition & Inflammatory Bowel Disease

    Friday mornings - General Gastroenterology

  • Name of Secretary
    Claire Dixon
  • Any other Information

    Perform colonoscopy and gastroscopy on Thursday and Friday afternoons. 

  • Nick Thompson 

Nursing team

  • Hannah Cook - Nurse Specialist - Adult Nutrition, tel: 0191 213 9107
  • Jo Ledger - Nurse Specialist - Adult Clinical Nutrition, tel: 0191 223 1499
  • Hayley Leyland - Clinical Nurse Specialist, tel: 0191 213 7016
  • Carol Rickeard - PEG Specialist Nurse, tel: 0191 282 9637


  • Barbara Davidson - Lead Dietitian, tel: 0191 213 7157
  • Lisa Gemmell – Dietitian, tel: 0191 223 1231  
  • David Bourne - Senior Dietitian, tel: 0191 2139583
  • Mimosa Wright - Dietitian, tel: 0191 282 4812
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