Nutrition and Dietetics

The department of Nutrition and Dietetics is open from Monday to Friday between 8:00 am till 16:00 pm.  For inpatients:     08:00 -12:00   For outpatients:  12:00 – 16:00   Office Address:   Location Damacor (offices in the Palapa)  Contact information:  737-0611 ext. 323 or 332  Email: [email protected] or [email protected]  We look forward to answering your questions and concerns.

Get acquainted with our work:

The dietary services department is staffed with two full-time registered dietitians (RD). Dietitians are qualified healthcare professionals who can assess a patient’s nutritional status, diagnose and plan the necessary intervention for a patient’s requirements based on their medical, dietary and psychosocial history. They establish priorities, goals, and objectives that meet nutrition needs and are consistent with available resources and constraints. The dietitians 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.
As part of our dietetic services we also supervise the quality and the quantity of foods issued to inpatients, in accordance with physician guidance. The nutritional care and services we offer patients extend to children, adolescents, adults and geriatric age groups. A wide range of complex cases are referred to our department, including in and outpatients with chronic nutrition related diseases, such as chronic kidney disease, heart disease, cancer, cardiometabolic syndrome and patients with acute episodes who are critically ill.

The main services we provide for inpatients are as follows:

  • Visiting inpatients one-on-one before meals to ensure that the needs of all patients are met on a daily basis. 
  • Conducting anthropometric measurements.
  • Treatment of patients under various specialties by coordinating with other multi-disciplinary teams for optimum care during hospitalization and after discharge.
  • Reviewing patients when they are discharged from hospital, as appropriate, in the Outpatient Department. Patients may also be referred directly from clinics in the Outpatient Department. Patients are regularly reviewed and consultants are made aware of the outcome.
  • Assessing and managing patients who require artificial nutrition support.
  • Delivering dietetics services on an individualized basis – patient family education is provided as needed.
  • Developing of protocols of quality in food and nutrition care services.
  • Supervising food preparation according to the cycle menu and diet order.
  • Supervising hygiene during all steps of food preparation and service.
  • The main service we provide for outpatients are the follows:
  • Conducting extensive anthropometric measurements. Anthropometric measurements are used to assess the size, shape and composition of human body. We use different methods to gather these measurements, such as weight, height, BMI, waist-to-hip ratio, skin-fold percentage of body fat and bioelectrical impedance.  
  • Assessing outpatients nutritional needs.
  • Supporting outpatients with the NEWSTART lifestyle program.
  • Developing meal plans, taking both cost and patients preferences into account.
  • Evaluating the effect of meal plans and changing the plans as needed.
  • Proving nutrition counseling for outpatients and people of the community who are interested in weight loss, healthy eating, vegetarian/vegan diet and the relationship between food and nutrition related diseases.