Mrs Joan Gavin

Paediatric Dietitian Specialised in Gastroenterology and Food Allergies

BSc (Hons) RD MPhil

"Spire facilities are excellent and supportive staff who are always happy to see you. Every request is met with a smile and swift response."

I am a registered paediatric dietitian with more than 20 years' experience at Southampton Children's Hospital, specialising in gastroenterology and food allergies. I am professionally trained and qualified to assess, diagnose and treat nutrition related conditions from birth to 18 years. Using the latest evidence and consensus guidelines, I provide an individually tailored dietary plan for the following medical conditions; food allergies including cow's milk allergy, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, anaemia, constipation, coeliac disease and faltering growth.

Due to popular demand from parents, referring GPs and hospital consultants, I have now established a unique gastro-allergy paediatric dietetic service at the Spire Southampton Hospital working with Professor Mark Beattie and Dr Akshay Batra, consultant paediatric gastroenterologists and Dr Mich Lajeunesse, consultant paediatric allergist and immunologist. I am also the paediatric dietetic advisor to children's services for Spire hospitals around the UK.

In addition to my clinical work, I am also proud to be the dietetic representative of the Research Working Group within the British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. My research interests include non-IgE food allergies and Inflammatory Bowel Disease and I have been asked to present my research at many national and international conferences including the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mrs Joan Gavin at Spire include:


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Additional information

Inflammatory bowel disease
Motility disorder
Paediatric gastroenterology

BSc (Hons) RD MPhil / Robert Gordon's University, Scotland / 1990
Bachelor of Science, Registered Dietitian, Master of Philosophy

Professional memberships

British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition

British Dietetic Association - Food and Allergy Specialist Group

British Dietetic Association - Paediatric Group

British Dietetic Association - Freelance Dieticians Group

Professional leadership

Expert Advisor for Nation Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE)


Gavin J., Ellis J., Dewar A.L., Rolles C.J. & Connett G.J. (1997). Dietary fibre and the occurrence of gut symptoms in cystic fibrosis. Archives of Diseases in Childhood. 76: 35 – 37

Gavin J., Anderson C.E., Bremner A.R. & Beattie R.M. (2005). Energy intakes of children with Crohns disease treated with enteral nutrition as primary therapy. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 18:5:337

Gavin J., Ashton JJ., Heather N., Marino LV., Beattie RM (2018) Nutritional support in paediatric Crohn’s disease; Outcome at 12 months. Acta Paediatrica. Jan;107(1):156-162 

I enjoy spending time with my husband, two teenage boys and our dog, Lucy. Juggling motherhood with running my own business can be challenging at times but is a truly rewarding and enjoyable experience.