If you have a good appetite, you shouldn’t have trouble eating the extra calories and protein that you may need if you are ill. If your appetite isn’t very good, there are ways to add extra energy and protein to your diet without having to eat more food.
Talk to your doctor, specialist nurse or a dietitian if you’re still struggling. They may first encourage you to eat everyday foods that are high in energy and protein but can also recommend or prescribe manufactured food supplements.
Your doctor at the hospital can refer you to a dietitian and in some hospitals you can refer yourself. You can contact the hospital’s dietetic department for more information. If you’re not in hospital, your GP can refer you to a community dietitian.