“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
Optimal nutrition is essential for good health and well-being. Nutritional requirements change through the different life stages and diseases. If you have been concerned about your ailing health or simply wondering if you are getting adequate nutrition, then fret no longer as the team of dietitians at SKH are at your service! We will understand your needs, conduct a thorough nutritional assessment and provide evidence-based and tailored nutrition advice, to empower you to take charge of your health.
On top of delivering clinical nutrition services in the inpatient and outpatient settings, SKH dietitians also conduct research, education and community outreach programmes that encompass the SKH vision and mission on healthy living, fulfilling life by promoting better health together. Please explore the various links to find out more about the exciting department initiatives.
SKH dietitians provide clinical services in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The dietitians also work closely with other health care professionals, including various multi-disciplinary programmes (please scroll down to the ‘Programmes’ tab for more details).
The patient is referred to the dietitian by a doctor when nutrition assessment and intervention is indicated. The dietitian provides medical nutrition therapy to patients, which comprises of nutritional assessment by taking into account the patient’s medical history, diet history and body composition measurements such as triceps skinfold, handgrip strength and body impedance analysis. Thereafter, the dietitian develops an individualised nutrition care plan to help better optimise the patient’s health condition.
SKH Dietitians provide
diet counselling and nutrition management to a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions including (but not limited to):
The team of SKH Dietitian also provides
nutritional support for patients who are critically-ill or malnourished. Type of nutritional support include:
For a dietitian’s outpatient appointment, please contact SKH Appointment Centre at 6930 6000. A referral letter from a doctor is required. Video consultation and phone consultation services are also available as part of outpatient services.
SKH Dietitians run various group education workshops and hands-on cooking demonstrations to patients and caregivers to support self-care nutrition management in chronic diseases and other conditions, including SKH Diabetes Workshop (Step up,
Know your diabetes, be
Healthy), Diabetes & Ramadan Workshop and Bariatric Support Group etc.
SKH dietitians have contributed to the development of therapeutic diets and work with the Food Services Department in the hospital to ensure that food served to patients are nutritious and suitable for different medical conditions and dietary restrictions.
SKH Dietetics work as a team with the other healthcare professionals to run programmes for various populations. These programmes are tailored to the medical conditions of the individuals with the aim of helping them achieve their dietary goals.
This is a programme with a multidisciplinary approach to help individuals lead a healthy lifestyle and in the process, achieve long-term weight loss and weight maintenance. The dietitian is part of the multidisciplinary team which also comprises of bariatric physicians and surgeons, psychiatrists, psychologists and physiotherapists.
The BNP is specially developed for individuals planning to go for bariatric surgery. The individualised, structured programme includes 7 visits over 6 months and consists of comprehensive pre- and post-operative dietary assessments and interventions by a dietitian. It helps identify and address additional factors that may potentially impact on nutritional status pre- and post-surgery. The programme aims to support individuals to follow dietary recommendations at various stages, minimise side effects of surgery and maximise excess weight loss.
Frail elderly individuals experience increased morbidity and mortality after surgery, so this prehabilitation programme aims to intervene and improve outcomes by optimising their nutritional and physical function prior to elective surgery. These patients undergo a 2-3 week programme with scheduled dietitian visits, where tailored dietary advice and a nutrition supplement regime is provided to patients to ensure adequate nutrition is achieved, and pre-surgery nutritional status is optimised.
For patients on peritoneal dialysis, good nutrition is needed to prevent malnutrition-related complications such as infections and muscle wasting. For patients newly started on peritoneal dialysis, the dietitian will review their diet, blood results and conduct physical measurements to assess their nutritional status, so as to prescribe the most appropriate diet.
Patients with swallowing difficulties may also require a dietitian review to ensure adequate nutrition. To provide timely intervention and coordinated care on safe eating and nutritious dietary options to patients and caregivers, those enrolled in this clinic will be reviewed by both the dietitian and speech therapist in the same setting. This reduces the need for separate appointments and increases the convenience for patients and caregivers.
SKH dietitians are very much invested in education as the department not only believes in the quote
‘in teaching others, we teach ourselves’, but also that the knowledge shared ultimately benefits patients.
SKH Dietetics is involved in clinical placements for both local and overseas final year Dietetics students. An experienced dietitian will work closely with the university coordinator to facilitate the students’ learning, enabling them to translate theoretical knowledge into clinical practice during their 10-week clinical placement. This is done through providing the students with appropriate learning opportunities and guidance in the hospital’s inpatient and outpatient settings.
SKH dietitians actively come up with initiatives to promote inter-professional education. Recently, a team of dietitians in the department developed course materials on the institution’s e-learning platform for junior doctors, with the objective of equipping them with basic nutritional knowledge for safe initial nutrition-related decisions (e.g. ordering the correct therapeutic diet / nutrition formula for a patient) before a dietitian comes in to do a proper nutritional assessment and intervention.
SKH dietitians also conduct various evidence-based nutrition talks for other healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses and other allied health to increase their nutritional knowledge in specific areas. Some examples include:
SKH dietitians embody the SKH mission “Better Health Together” by working closely with the community to build a culture of healthy living. Dietitians continuously support and promote the health of the community by providing nutrition talks, workshops, community engagements, supermarket tour, cooking demonstrations and media replies. Below are some of the contributions made by our SKH dietitians towards the community.
In collaboration with our colleagues from endocrinology, psychology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and medical social services, SKH Dietetics was involved in SKH's inaugural "Youth Matters" event, hosted by SKH's community engagement department. We facilitated focus group discussions with youth from the Sengkang community to gather insights and opinions on their views and expectations in the area of health, as well as to better identify and understand health matters pertinent to them. Insights gleaned from such sessions will allow SKH to target interventions and programs to better serve the needs of our youth, who are the future of our nation.
In collaboration with other healthcare professionals, SKH dietitians organised various community engagements aimed at increasing awareness on the importance of nutrition for good health in which they shared facts and practical tips on preventing cancer, beating diabetes, ageing well etc.
IPPT-S and ProLIFE are programmes that partner Senior Activity Centres, Community Clubs and Resident Committees to screen for frailty in seniors aged 55 and above. Dietitians help to identify nutrition risk factors, conduct group nutrition classes and talks, provide supermarket tours and facilitate engaging games as part of the intervention to improve the nutrition statuses of community seniors in a fun and interactive way.
MeGA-BITES is one of the community nutrition education programmes organised by the SKH Department of Dietetics. This programme targeted patients in the Merdeka Generation as well as their caregivers with the intention to empower them with nutrition knowledge for graceful ageing through nutrition talks, group activities and cooking demonstration.
WAD is one of the key examples that showcases the versatility of SKH dietitians in providing useful tips on how to improve the food intake and nutrition statuses for People with Dementia (PWD) via physical game booths before COVID-19 and an online webinar after COVID-19.
Recognising social media as a great way to form connections with the general public, SKH dietitians contribute various media posts on SKH’s social media platforms where evidence-based nutrition information are disseminated to the community and nutritional misinformation given by pseudoexperts are debunked. Please refer to ‘Resources’ tab for more details.
Join our Dietitians in a four-part video series to learn more on incorporating concepts of sustainability into your diet and lifestyle for a healthier, better you and the Earth!
Nutritious Stir-fried Beancurd
Healthy Nasi Lemak
SingHealth Allied Health Conference 2021
Anyone looking to make healthy modifications to their diet can benefit from seeing a dietitian. Whether you are looking for nutrition advice to improve your health or to manage or reduce the risk of chronic disease, a dietitian will be able to help you.
The dietitian will conduct a comprehensive review of your medical history, any health concerns, your current dietary pattern and understand your desired health outcomes before working with you to provide the necessary nutritional intervention to meet your health goals.
Most people return for follow-up sessions for further education, accountability and support. Frequency and time between visits will be based upon your personal needs and preferences and will be established with you at your first visit.
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