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Dietetics


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 Singapore General Hospital, Block 8 Level 1
 
65 6326 5293
 

Dietitians are qualified healthcare professionals who can assess the patients' nutritional status, diagnose and plan the necessary intervention for the patients' requirements based on their medical, dietary and psychosocial history. They will then monitor and evaluate that the treatment plan augments the physicians' treatment.

 Dietitians translate scientific evidence-based research on nutrition, health and disease and apply this information into practical nutrition guidelines to help patients understand the relationship between food and health.

 At the Singapore General Hospital, Dietitians liaise closely with other healthcare professionals to provide patient care.

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Inpatient Services


Dietitians provide medical nutrition therapy to patients, which include individual diet education and counselling and nutrition support.

Diet Education and Counselling

Dietitians assess patients' nutritional status and develop individualised nutrition care plans based on patients' medical, dietary and psychosocial history. Medical nutrition therapies are provided to patients with the following conditions (but not limited to):
  • diabetes (type 1, type 2, gestational)
  • dyslipidaemia
  • heart failure
  • chronic kidney disease
  • dialysis treatment (haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis)
  • post organ transplants (kidney, liver, heart)
  • bone marrow transplant
  • cancer
  • dysphagia, stroke, parkinson's disease, neurosurgery
  • conditions requiring hyperalimentation (e.g. burns, cancer & trauma)
  • liver disease
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa)
  • overweight/ obesity (meal replacement, bariatric surgery)
  • gout
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • osteoporosis

Nutritional Support

Patients who are critically ill and malnourished may experience loss of appetite and/or swallowing difficulties. Hence, depending solely on their diet/food intake to meet nutritional requirements may not be sufficient for them. Dietitians play the paramount role of tailoring nutritional support plans according to patients' medical conditions, nutritional goals and preferences. Types of nutritional support include:
  • nutritional supplements
  • enteral tube feeding
  • parenteral nutrition

How to make an Appointment

A referral letter from a doctor at Singapore General Hospital is necessary to indicate the patient's diagnosis and treatment, medication, laboratory values and any further plan of treatment e.g. renal replacement therapy.

This helps the Dietitian to tailor the meal plan according to the medical condition, and at the same time allows the patient to include his favourite foods in the special diet.

Appointments will be given upon referral.

Outpatient Services


Dietitians at the Singapore General Hospital also provide outpatient individual diet education and counselling. The dietetics outpatient clinics are:
  • General Clinic (L Clinic)
  • Gestational Diabetes Clinic (L Clinic)
  • Diabetes Clinic (Diabetes and Metabolism Centre)
  • Young Adult Diabetes Clinic (Diabetes and Metabolism Centre)
  • Renal Clinic (Diabetes and Metabolism Centre)
  • Peritoneal Dialysis Centre (Diabetes and Metabolism Centre)
  • Gastrointestinal Clinic (Centre for Digestive and Liver Diseases)
  • Nutrition Support Clinic (Centre for Digestive and Liver Diseases)
  • Eating Disorders Clinic (LIFE Centre)
  • Weight Management Clinic (LIFE Centre)
  • Osteoporosis & Bone Health Clinic (LIFE Centre)
  • Renal Transplant Clinic (Transplant Centre)
  • Liver Transplant Clinic (Transplant Centre)
  • Head and Neck Cancer Surgery Clinic (Head and Neck Centre)
Besides the abovementioned Dietitian clinics at the Singapore General Hospital, Dietitians also provide outpatient services at the National Heart Centre and at the National Cancer Centre.

Our dietetics services are provided for patients who are referred by the doctors.

You will require a referral letter from your doctor if you need to consult the Dietitian.

For enquiries, please contact the Department of Dietetics at
6326 5293.