It is our pleasure to welcome you to Hassabo International Hospital Department of Nutrition, and thank you for choosing and trusting us for your health care! It is our pride that the Department is staffed by registered dietitians who have advanced degrees and special certifications in their practice area. If you are looking forward to improving your nutritional health and quality of life and are confused with all the misinformation, you have come to the right place. We consider our patients as partners in their care. Our staff is so excited to meet you!
What is dietetics?
It is a branch of medicine concerned with the nutrition and its effects on health and the science of applying nutritional principles to the planning and preparation of foods and regulation of diet both in health and disease.
What is a dietitian?
Dietitian is a health professional who is fully skilled in assessing, diagnosing and treating the patient who have dietary and nutritional problems.
We provide comprehensive nutrition assessment and counseling for all age groups who have wide variety of conditions that affect diet, eating and health. Our registered dietitians are experts in caring for you and your family to reach your required nutritional goals. We work closely with a multidisciplinary team from the other specialties in the hospital to provide you with the most complete care available. Our registered dietitians help you with any questions and concerns about your diet to take you directly to your goal. We are also committed to supporting you from start to finish. To discuss your dietary needs and goals and to develop practical solutions for enhanced health and lifestyle.
Know the warning signs
When to see a dietitian
Diet plays a vital role in keeping you healthy and avoiding symptoms. So, anyone can benefit from seeing a dietitian. But if you experience any of the following criteria, you should consult a dietitian.
If you need to gain or lose weight
Losing weight is really challenging. So if you are looking to meet your nutritional goals as quickly as possible, a registered dietitian can thoughtfully and effectively help you develop a healthy restricted-calorie eating plan. On the other hand, if you need to gain weight, make an appointment with a registered dietitian to develop an eating plan containing additional calorie sources for healthy weight gain.
If you have Diabetes, Cardiovascular Problems or High Blood Pressure
Health problems such as diabetes or cardiovascular problems require being aware of what you should eat. So it is better to consult a dietitian to help you safely determine your eating plan without compromising taste or nutrition.
If you have had Gastric Bypass Surgery
After a gastric bypass surgery, it’s a challenge to safely get the right amount of nutrients in your body. A dietitian will work with you and your physician to make an eating plan for your new needs.
If you have Digestive Problems
A registered dietitian nutritionist will work with you and your physician to develop your personalized nutrition plan, manage your symptoms, minimize the side effects, improve your nutrition, and stabilize your weight.
If you're Pregnant or trying to Get Pregnant
Certain nutrients such as folate, calcium and iron are recommended to get a healthy pregnancy especially during the first three months of pregnancy. So a registered dietitian can help you to implement a healthy pregnancy eating plan to ensure getting your body requirements.
Severely decreased appetite or increased appetite
If you’re noticing serious changes in your hunger levels, this could be warning signs that something is up. So consulting a dietitian is a good place to start.
You want to improve your performance in sports
A registered dietitian can help you set your dietary needs and goals to achieve results.
Your child has issues with food and eating healthfully
A registered dietitian nutritionist can manage eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia through collaboration with a doctor to see what’s going on.
Our staff of qualified registered dietitians focuses on the nutritional management of disease and conditions that are related to body weight, eating habits and physical activity.
Our areas of expertise include:
- Medical nutrition therapy
Medical nutrition therapy is an evidence-based therapeutic approach to treating Individuals with a variety of conditions and illnesses including:
Bariatric Surgery Nutrition – Before and After
Cardiovascular Diseases: congestive heart failure, hypertension, dyslipidemia
Crohn’s disease and Celiac Disease
Digestive Disorders – IBS
Diabetes: Types 1 and 2, gestational
Food Allergies and intolerances (including gluten-free, dairy free diets, etc)
GI Disorders: Celiac disease, cirrhosis
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Pregnancy nutrition (including before and after, and diabetes during pregnancy(
Pulmonary Disease: COPD
- Weight Management services including:
Balanced Diet for all age groups
Basic nutrition for infants, children and teens
Gaining or losing weight
Vegetarian/Vegan Meal Planning
Information about the clinic
Why should I come to the clinic?
To be on top of your health, you should see a dietitian even without symptoms. In other words, it is not wise to wait until you suffer from unhealthy weight changes to go to your physician. So if you have a condition affected by your eating habits, make an appointment with a registered dietitian as soon as possible.
What happens at the clinic?
On visiting the clinic, our registered dietitians will review your dietary patterns and medical history to develop a unique nutrition plan fitting your needs. At the end of your visit, you will be provided with a concise plan to begin your journey toward enhanced health.
During your visit:
- You’ll be aware of how what you eat affects your physical performance, disease or condition.
- Your dietitian will work with you to discuss and set your unique nutrition plan.
- You will learn skills and techniques to be able to apply needed changes (i.e. label reading, how to balance meals to feel satisfied)
How should I prepare for the clinic
When you schedule your appointment we will ask you to provide important information that will help us evaluate your current condition:
- Be prepared with the questions you want to ask
- Bring a notebook and pen, we encourage you to take notes
- If this is a follow up visit, you have to remember to write down the changes you have experienced since your last visit.
- List of medications that you’re allergic to
- All records that refer in any way to your condition
- A complete list of your medications
- All prior medical records, including x-ray films, biopsy reports, lab and/or pathology records
- Any necessary referrals or prior authorization required by your insurance company.
Scheduling Your Appointment
Patients are generally seen by appointment, however if your situation is urgent, contact emergency services and visit our around the clock Emergency department where every effort will be made to get you on top of your health.
Questions and/or comments
If, after reading this leaflet, you still have questions, please do not hesitate to ask the Specialists or nurses in our unit. They will be happy to give you more information or arrange a meeting with the Consultant / Medical Director.
We would appreciate it if you could let us know whether you are satisfied with our care. For this purpose a visitor’s book & patient satisfaction form is available in each of our departments. We would like you to write down your comments, experiences and/or suggestions for improvement, so that we can share this with our staff members. This input may help us to improve the service at the Centre.
The Medical Director /patient & care provider service center can be reached on 01006625687-352000323521002-23520008-23521006-23521007-23520040
or via the e-mail address:
Physicians and staff members in the Nutrition & Dietetics Department are dedicated to provide the most up-to-date and comprehensive care available. In addition, our goal is to continue educating patients and their family members to help them gain a solid understanding of all care provided and procedures performed. Visit our Department of nutrition and dietetics with any questions you may have