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Dietetics

Our Services

Description


The nutrition and dietetic department provides advice about nutrition and diet in relation to health and illness.
Dietetics is the discipline of applying nutritional science to individuals and groups in states of disease and health.
“A dietitian is a person with a legally recognized qualification (in nutrition and dietetics) who applies the science of nutrition to the feeding and education of groups of people and individuals in health and disease.”
All dietitians employed by the Ministry have completed an approved qualification and are registered to practice with the Council for the Professions Complementary to Medicine. The team works closely with re​levant medical, nursing and allied health professionals.

The services we provide include:

• Nutritional assessments
• Advice on the appropriate diet for specific clinical/medical conditions
• Training and advice to other health care professionals
• Support and advice to carers.
• Helping to improve standards of nutrition and dietetics across the hospital (in/out patients)
• Collaborate with all ministries regarding nutrition and dietetics.

Procedure

The Person who fulfils the eligibility criteria to benefit from this service can be referred by a Consultant within the Ministry of Health or by his/her family doctor.

Required Documents


Standard referral forms

Back Office Process


The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics receives referrals for this service through the main reception at Mater Dei Hospital. Referrals received are then distributed amongst the dietitians for vetting, so cases are prioritised according to urgencies. Appointments are then given to patients and each patient is notified by letter or telephone. The dietitians also document the details of each consultation and the details kept in the patients’ records. At the first consultation a patient is nutritionally assessed and prescribed a meal plan individually. Follow up appointments are given according to each patient’s individual need.

Frequently Asked Questions


Question: What should I do if I can't attend my Nutrition and Dietetics outpatient appointment for any reason?

Answer: If you need to change your nutrition and dietetics outpatient appointment, please contact us as soon as possible. This will enable us to offer your slot to another patient. If you do not attend your appointment and have not contacted our office or main reception you will be discharged from the clinic and need another referral if you want to be seen again.
 
Question: If I am referred to a Dietitian as an inpatient, how long will I have to wait to be seen?
Answer: Once referred to a dietitian by a consultant at the ward level, we aim to see you within one working day of the referral being made.
 
Question: Do I need to bring anything else to an outpatient Nutrition and Dietetics appointment?
Answer: Following an assessment, you might be instructed to keep a regular account of your dietary intake and this information will be invaluable to the dietitian in managing your care. If you are coming in for a return outpatient appointment, you might be asked to bring your food diary with you. It is often useful if you can bring the Dietitian a list of any medications you are taking.

Downloads

Informative Leaflet​


How to Contact Us

You can contact us by: 

  • Coming personally to our office
  • Contacting us via phone or fax 
  • Writing to us 

 

O​​ur Office
Address
Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
Level 1, Out Patients Block E Examination of nutritional values
Mater Dei Hospital,
Msida, MSD 2090
 
Telephone
2545 4810
 
 
Opening hours
We are open during the following hours:
Monday-Friday         8.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.


When you visit our Office we will:
  • Be quick, courteous and helpful
  • Welcome you in a clean and friendly environment.

When you phone us you can expect us to:
  • Answer promptly
  • Identify ourselves. 

 

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