Through evidence-based practice the Nutrition and Dietetics Department operates an amalgamated department between The Alfred, Sandringham and Caulfield Hospitals as part of Alfred Health.
The Sandringham Hospital Department provides a full range of specialist nutrition services in the acute setting.
The Dietitian performs nutritional assessments; provides therapeutic diets and/ or nutrition support, nutritional counselling and education to inpatients. The Dietitian will also assess the need for ongoing nutritional care and undertake discharge planning. The aim of the service is to assist in optimising resident/ client's health, nutritional status and quality of life.
An ambulatory care service is provided to women with Gestational Diabetes under the care of the Family Medicine and Obstetrics Clinic. A referral from medical, nursing or allied health staff is required.
The Nutrition Department works closely with the Sandringham Hospital Food Service team to ensure optimal nutritional standards of all patient meals and ensuring patient satisfaction with the meals provided.
Teaching and Training
The department is involved in the clinical teaching and supervision of students undertaking the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Monash University.
Quality Improvements and Audit processes
In order to ensure excellent patient outcomes the Alfred Health Nutrition Department regularly undertakes quality audits of nutritional practices. Such audits lead to innovative solutions for improved patient care.