A brief profile: Dietitian experienced in both the NHS and private sectors.

Valerie graduated from Reading University with an honours degree in Zoology and she then went on to complete her dietetics training at the University of London. She rose in rank to become Chief III Dietitian at Guy's Teaching Hospital in London. Whilst at Guy's she played a vital part in the setting up of a Clinical Nutrition Working Party which produced an Enteral Feeding Policy.She also trained about 12 Dietetic Students a year many of whom are now holding Senior positions in various hospitals throughout the United Kingdom. She assisted various research projects one of which included the effect of a long-term fat-modified diet on serum lipoprotein levels of cholesterol and triglyceride in patients on home haemodialysis (published in Clinical Science 1981).

In 1991 Valerie pioneered the dietetic service at a Rehabilitation Hospital and a Hospice in West London.Valerie also had experience as a Community Dietitian within a Home Support Team (which included HIV positive clients).

Valerie Meilton,Registered Dietitian

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Valerie also acted single-handed as the Dietitian at the prestigious Princess Grace Hospital and the Harley Street Clinic. Whilst there she took sole responsibility for both hospitals, which included 2 ITU units, and a renal unit. The patients came from all over the world. She also wrote diet sheets for private consultant referrals and gained experience on the management side too.

Smoking Cessation at Hillview Surgery

Valerie Meilton is a Smoking Cessation Community Advisor. She went for training with The Thelma Golding Centre of Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow Smoking Cessation Service. We offer a word of thanks to Dr Shergill, of Hillview Surgery, Bilton Road, Perivale, Greenford, Middlesex, who encouraged Valerie to take up this venture.

At the initial visit, we explain the treatment process and give clients advice about possible medication.After discussing their smoking habits we then take a carbon monoxide reading which is repeated at every visit to assess progress.

We help clients to prepare for their individual quit day and see them once a week to offer encouragement. This encouragement is really necessary for someone who wants to give up smoking.

It is very much a team effort:

Clients are referred by GPs or Practice Nurses, often from a new patient check

Reception staff book the client for the six-week course and help in the smooth running of the clinics

Valerie Meilton
Smoking Cessation Adviser

Valerie's family

July 2008. The gentleman sitting on the left hand side is Valerie's youngest brother, Steve Meilton. Steve completed his education graduating with Honours from Jesus College, University of Cambridge, having read mathematics. His studies included the fourth year, known as Part III.

The couple below are Valerie's eldest brother, Christopher Meilton with his wife Christine.This photograph was taken on their wedding day in 1991 at Esher, Surrey. Christopher qualified as a Mechanical Engineer.

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