Food and health are closely intertwined. At Fernandez Hospital the Department of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics is dedicated to providing quality and evidence based patient-focused nutritional care in terms of food service and medical nutrition therapy.
Our vision is to be a Centre of Excellence in Nutrition with Evidence Based Practices and Commitment Backed Services to provide excellent care for women and child.
We provide a range of services.
In Patient Services (Unit 1 , Unit 2, Unit 5)
- We conduct nutritional assessments for all our patients by reviewing medical, diet history and laboratory results.
- Based on our assessments we plan appropriate balanced meals and provide nutritional counseling that complement medical treatment.
- Regular monitoring and documentation by the team ensures that every patient receives the best possible care.
- Prior to discharge, patients on therapeutic diets are provided with a Discharge Diet Plan.
Our specialized team of nutritionists and dieticians strive to ensure that meals are balanced and customized to the nutritional requirements of our patients. We also carefully consider our patients' customs and traditions and wherever applicable include them in planning our diets.
The portion size of each diet served is modified to match the patients' individual requirements and medical conditions. We provide nutritionally balanced, satiating and small frequent meals to support optimum weight gain of the growing fetus, maintaining the clinical status and enhancing breast milk production in postnatal women.
The executive chef and the food service supervisors are responsible for following the stringent quality measures that have been devised to ensure patient satisfaction.
A cyclic menu scientifically designed by us caters to both south and north Indian palates. Additionally, at Stork Home (Unit 5), continental options are also available.
Diets served at the hospital
Our nutritional expertise goes into devising therapeutic diets for various clinical conditions. These include
||Enteral and parenteral
FOOD SERVICE SCHEDULE
||6.30 am – 7.00 am
||7.30 am – 8.00 am
||10.30 am – 11 .00 am
||12.30 pm – 1.00 pm
||3.00 pm – 5.00 pm
||7.30 pm – 8.00 pm
|Bedtime Beverage (only for patients)
||9.00 pm – 9.30 pm
The food service schedules are modified by nutritionists based on patient's condition.
Evidence based nutritional counseling is provided to ensure comprehensive nutrition care for all In Patients and Out Patients.
We address a range of medical and nutrition related conditions. We treat antenatal women presenting with diabetes, multiple pregnancy, anemia, kidney disorders or critical care. We also address dietary requirements of post natal women, infants, children, adolescents and geriatric patients.
Nutrition and Lifestyle Management
Our Therapeutic Lifestyle Change programme (TLC) is one of the most in-demand services. Designed as a 12, 18 or 24 week programme it is targeted for conditions like obesity, PCOD, menopause, infertility, post surgical rehabilitation, etc. This programme is available to men and women committed to modifying their lifestyle. One can avail of this service at Unit 4 and Stork Home (Unit 5).
What happens during an appointment?
Your dietary history will be taken and present food intake analyzed.
This is followed by a comprehensive discussion of lifestyle changes and proper food choices.
A personalized diet plan along with guidelines that help in adherence to diet is provided based on the desired goals.
Research and education
We are committed to advancing the field of clinical nutrition. In collaboration with other organisations, we conduct research based nutritional interventions to improve the health of women and infants.
- In order to train the next generation of nutritionists and dieticians we offer internships to postgraduate students in the field of Diet and Nutrition.
- We conduct guest lectures for nutrition students and practicing dieticians in various institutions.
- In addition, we also impart nutrition education to medical, paramedical and catering staff.
Our efforts are not limited to just individual counselling. Through taking part in or organising group activities or events we reach out to a large group of people. We play an active part in various dietetic associations. The media which plays a crucial role in disseminating information is closely in touch with us for authentic views.
Healthy eating classes: As part of the childbirth classes organised in Fernandez Hospital, we conduct a healthy eating and lifestyle sessions for expecting mothers.
Preterm infant nutrition: As part of a joint initiative with the neonatology OPD, we provide free nutritional counselling for preterm infants.
Kangaroo Mother Care Unit: We provide nutrition support for women participating in Kangaroo Mother Care.
Meet our Team
Our team of Registered nutritionists and certified dieticians are well versed in nutrition, food science, communication techniques and behavioural change strategies. We work as a team to maintain the highest quality of care.
Dr. Latha Sashi is Consultant Nutritionist at Fernandez Hospital for the past 17 years. Dr. Latha's speciality is Pregnancy and Post-Natal Nutrition, Maternal and Paediatric Nutrition, Customized Medical Nutrition Therapy Packages for Overweight and Obesity, Gestational Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases, Osteoporosis, Infertility, Hormone Imbalance and Menopause.
She is a recipient of the Outstanding Young Scientist Award by Nutrition Society of India: A N Radha National Award in 2011 and an International Award at Sydney in 2012.
A Registered Dietician with experience as clinical nutritionist from multi speciality hospitals . She has joined the Nutrition Dept team at Fernandez Hospital in 2014. She specialises in critical care nutrition. Her other areas of expertise include Maternal and Pediatric Nutrition, Diabetes, Cardiovascular and Hepatorenal disorders, Cancer, Obesity and Lifestyle management.
Dr. Aishwarya K.
A medical professional by education, her interest took her into training in the field of nutrition and food science. She provides nutritional counselling for preterm infants and spearheads research activities in maternal and child nutrition.
Useful Links & Resources
Calculate your ideal body weight and the recommended calorie intake using the National Institute of Nutrition's website. Keep track of your daily intake using Count What You Eat.
The National Institute of Nutrition has created a manual of Dietary Guidelines for Indians which provides easy to understand nutritional advice.
The Indian Food Composition Tables help you understand the nutrient content of different foods. http://www.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in/files/file/IFCT%202017%20Book.pdf
Find out the latest in nutrition news and new research findings. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/nutrition-news/
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