What is dietetics (what is it about)?
Dietetics is about the impact of food and nutrition on human health. Dietitians alter a patient’s diet based on their medical condition and nutritional needs. The dietitians assess, diagnose and treat nutritional problems and work in treating and/or preventing disease by prescribing special diets/enteral feeds/parenteral feeds to patients who require such intervention. Through nutrition intervention we try to improve patient health and wellbeing for both adults and children. We also work with the multidisciplinary team (incl. doctors, nurses, speech therapy) to ensure we give the best possible treatment to our patients.
What are its specialised services (what does the unit offer)?
- Nutritional assessments
- Dietary consultations
- Nutritional education based on specific medical conditions
- Calculation and prescription of enteral and parenteral feeds
- Monitoring and evaluation of dietary prescriptions
- Supplementation program
How long has the unit been active?
- More than 20 years
How does one get access to the unit (through grooming or straight)?
- A majority of out-patients are seen on a walk in basis through referral from medical doctors after assessment at out-patient clinics.
- Patients can also self-refer to the department if they suspect problems needing our services.
- Majority of in-patients are assessed on a daily basis, together with being referred by medical doctors in the wards.
Could you please explain the steps followed to access the services?
- Make an appointment via the department
- Get appointment card
- Attend on the day of appointment
- Fetch file from Admissions
- Be seen by the dietitian
- Come to the department with your file on the day of OPD appointment.
What type of diagnosis do you admit at your unit?
We see patients with any of the following medical conditions:
- Diabetes mellitus
- Dyslipidaemia / cholesterol
- Renal/liver disease
- Ulcers / reflux
- Burns wounds / bedsores
- GIT problems (IBS/IBD/diverticulitis,etc)
- Under/over weight
- Diarrhoea / constipation / nausea & vomiting
- Post stomach/bowel surgery
- ADD / ADHD / picky eaters
- Malnutrition / SAM / MAM
Are there any competent skilled nurses or doctors working specially for the unit?
What machines do you use at the unit?
- Length mat (babies)
- Measuring tape
How effective are the machines in assisting with speedy recovery of the patients?
- All equipment is effective and in full use however it is used for assessment only and helps aid in recovery together with other medical interventions prescribed by other health professionals.
How many survivors has the unit produced since it has been active?
What makes the staff in the unit win (succeed)?
- Team work
- Respect and on-going support to patients
- Support from higher management
- Availability of equipment
- Continuous learning through scientific evidence
What challenges do you encounter with patients and your facilities?
- Non-compliance from patients with regards to follow-up appointments and/or following dietary prescription/guidelines.
How do you deal with and overcome those challenges?
- Continuous referral from doctors at out-patient clinics.
- Explaining negative outcomes that can be expected when not following dietary advice in a manner understandable to the patient.