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At our hospital the dietitian strives to ensure that patients are consuming the necessary energy and fluid to manage underlying medical conditions and to progress in therapy – as – if a patient is not nutritionally stable, their therapeutic potential is squandered. The dietitian therefore regularly communicates with the occupational therapist and physiotherapist.
For patients who cannot eat orally, the dietitian is equipped to prescribe specialised feeds using feeding tubes as a means of feeding patients. These patients include head injury, stroke, cancer and post-operative patients – among others.
Royal Hospital prides itself on its Halaal kitchen and in-house registered dietitian. The catering staff and dietitian work together to ensure patients receive nutritious meals suited to their specific needs. These include specialised diets such as diabetic, renal, hypertensive, cardiac, gluten free, low carbohydrate, religiously specific, liquid, soft, puree and light diets – among others. Meals are individualised per patient’s preferences and consistency requirements as per discussions with the Speech therapist for consistency requirements.
Patients, caregivers and families are also educated and provided with advice, reading material and guidance on how to prepare meals and feeding methods after discharge. Obstacles regarding prevention of a balanced nutritional intake at home are identified and discussed with the social workers.
Good nutrition is imperative to optimal healing, improving overall health and wellbeing. Continuation of sound nutritional habits are emphasized and reiterated by providing follow-up out-patient dietetic services.
Regular patient specific feedback and requirements are discussed with the referring doctor, resident doctor, MDT team, case manager and nursing team.