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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 includes individual diet education and counselling and nutrition support, in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

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 therapy is 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)
  • cancer
  • post organ transplant (kidney, liver, heart)
  • bone marrow transplant
  • dysphagia, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, neurosurgery
  • conditions requiring hyperalimentation (e.g. burns, cancer and trauma)
  • liver disease
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa)
  • overweight/obesity (meal replacement, bariatric surgery)
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • osteoporosis
  • food allergy

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


Outpatient Services


Dietitians at the Singapore General Hospital also provide outpatient individual diet education and counselling. The dietetics outpatient clinics are:

  • Dietitian’s Clinic (Specialist Outpatient Clinic - ‘L’ Clinic)
  • Gestational Diabetes Clinic (Specialist Outpatient 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)
  • Gastroenterology 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 and Bone Metabolism Clinic (LIFE Centre)
  • Renal Transplant Clinic (Transplant Centre)
  • Liver Transplant Clinic (Transplant Centre)
  • Head and Neck Cancer Surgery Clinic (Ear, Nose and Throat Centre)
  • National Heart Centre 
  • 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.