Dietitians work with other multi-disciplinary professionals to provide patient-centered and evidence-based nutrition care.
The department offers the following services:
1. In-patient food service
The foodservice for patients in the ward is managed by a private contractor but strictly regulated by the department to meet the food safety, quality and dietary requirements. Dietitians in the department carry out regular audits to ensure the service provided is high quality.
If you have any issues, comments or questions regarding meals served during your stay in the ward, please call (03) 9769 9108.
The time of meal is served as follows:
Breakfast: 7.30 - 8.00 am
Lunch : 12.00 - 12:30 pm
Evening snacks : 3.00 - 3.30pm
Dinner: 6.30 - 7.00pm
2. Food provision for health care workers
The Department of Dietetics also provides meals to qualified health care workers who are involved in “OT” based on the existing circular references (MOH Financial Division Circular No. 1, 2009 and Circular No. 39 MOH-58/054/4). The choice of meal provided for this service is in the category of 'normal diet' only.
3. Clinical dietetic services for patients in ward
The aspiration of the Dietetic Department is to offer clinical dietetic services to patients in the ward using auto-referral basis through the placement of 1 dietitian per ward once HPUPM has been operating at its maximum capacity. This means that all patients entering the ward will be screened in terms of nutritional needs and malnutrition risk and further evaluation on nutritional status and nutritional intervention will be conducted on patients in need. These steps that include nutrition screening, nutrition assessment, nutrition diagnosis, nutrition intervention and nutrition monitoring and evaluation is known as the 'Nutrition Care Process'.
However, as for now, the department is still in the early phase of operation, thus, the clinical dietetics services for patients in the ward can only be provided by referral from a doctor.
Location : As per referral
Time : Monday - Friday | 8.00 am - 5.00 pm
Dietitian : Dietitian on duty
Contact No : 03-9769 9108
Some of the dietary interventions that are commonly provided to patients in the ward include:
The following is an example of a diet provided by the Department of Dietetics;
4. Dietary consultation for outpatient
The department offers dietary counseling to patients who required medical nutrition therapy, which is conducted individually or in groups. Patients with chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and chronic kidney failure require medical nutrition therapy to optimize the control of the disease along with medical treatment and medication provided.
In addition, diet counseling is also offered to individuals in need of weight control, pregnant women and children with failure to thrive.
We receive internal referrals from Family Medicine Clinic and other specialist clinics at HPUPM. We also accept patients on a 'walk-in' basis, however, patients are advised to make an appointment in advance to make sure for available slot.
The following are the operating hours of clinics under the supervision of the Dietetic Department:
5. Education and Research
The Department of Dietetics at HPUPM is the main clinical teaching center for students in the Dietetics programme UPM. This clinical teaching process include bedside teaching session, simulation-based teaching, tutorial, case presentation and bedside examination. Apart from HPUPM, Hospital Serdang and hospitals around UPM are also being used as clinical teaching centers for this programme. Thus, dietitians / clinical instructors from HPUPM and Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences UPM, are involved in planning and offering supervise practice to the final year students of dietetic programme.
The Department of Dietetics has taken proactive steps to support UPM as a leading of research university in Malaysia. Thus, dietitian at HPUPM are encouraged to participate in the research especially in collaboration with the lecturers from FPSK.
In fact, the UPM Dietitians has been actively involved in scientific conferences and has won numerous awards
6. Dietetics in the Community
Staff from the Dietetic Department are actively involved in various community activities such as giving lectures and nutrition education in specific communities or sharing with the public on various nutrition issues in mass media such as television, radio, magazines and newspapers.
Updated:: 22/02/2021 [amirahhani]
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