“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” – Hippocrates.
The philosophy of the department of Nutrition and Dietetics is to have an evidence based practice as an integral part of the health care provided to patients at Sir H.N Reliance Foundation Hospital. The purpose of the Dietary Department is to provide a program that meets the nutritional needs of all patients. Optimal methods are practiced in the preparation and presentation of therapeutic and/or modified diets in accordance with the medical team. Dietary consideration is given to the patients’ physical, psychological and social needs. Recognition is also given to the patient’s individual eating habits, which are sometimes influenced by cultural or religious background.
The service aims to:
1. Use evidence-based practices to develop effective therapies and updated Nutrition Intervention, thereby maintaining the highest professional standards of care.
2. Liaise with the medical, nursing, pharmacy, diagnostic and foods service teams to ensure nutrition is included as a priority in patient care.
3. The Department is committed to provide services to meet the nutritional needs of in patients as well as for outpatients, across the agegroups and for different requirements.
4. Employ high-caliber staff and encourage continuous departmental education and training. All dieticians are affiliated to Professional Associations and Scientific Societies. The department follows the Nutrition Care process (NCP) nutritional assessment, intervention and education to all the patients.
Nutritional care is provided through:
a) Specialized Clinical Dieticians
b) Out Patient Department/ Executive health check-up / Rehabilitation Dieticians
c) Support and Outreach Programs
a)Specialized IPD Dieticians
1.All patients are nutritionally assessed by qualified dieticians on the basis of anthropometric, biochemical, clinical & dietary information.
2.Our Dieticians develop therapeutic menus based on various clinical conditions in collaboration with the Food and Beverage Department.
3.Patients shall receive variety of food choices consistent with their condition and care
4.Effective counselling strategies are implemented for educating patients and caregivers as part of multidisciplinary approach to ensure that nutritional needs and dietary limitations of the patient is met.
b) OPD/EHC/Rehab Dietician
Patients at the Out Patient Department/ Executive health check-up / Rehabilitation Clinic are provided with Nutrition counselling and education for a various clinical conditions and diseases.
Clinical Dietetic Department: Specialties
1. Endocrine and Metabolic Disorder
2. Cancer Care
4. Diet in pregnancy
5. Cardiac Disorders
6. Sports Nutrition
7. Neurological disorders
8. Diabetes Management
9. Liver Diseases
10. Kidney Disorders
11. Gastrointestinal Disturbances
12. Food Allergies/intolerances
13. Weight Management
14. Weight management – Post Bariatric Surgery
15. Care before and after organ transplantation: Kidney, Liver
11am-1pm : Dr. Eileen Canday (Head Dietician)
9am-11am: Ms. Luana Mascarenhas (Outpatient & Rehab Dietician)
3pm-5pm: Ms. Forum Malde (Outpatient & Diabetes Educator)
c) Support and Outreach Programs
1.The department also carries out nutrition lectures and camps for corporates, communities and schools
2.As part of various support groups, our dieticians help patients and relatives with continued care outside the hospital.
The department implements all National and International guidelines of Medical Nutrition therapy. Policies and protocols are made as required by quality accreditation of NABH and JCI.