Medical Nutrition Unit – Nhsl

What is Medical Nutrition?

Medical nutrition therapy (MNT) is a therapeutic approach to treating medical conditions and their associated symptoms via the use of a specifically tailored diet devised and monitored by a registered dietitian or professional nutritionist. The diet is based upon the patient's medical and psychosocial history, physical examination, functional examination and dietary history.

NHSL Medical Nutrition Unit History:

This is the newest addition to the Clinical care services provided by the NHSL. It was established on 16/10/2014.Currently this was conducted by MSc qualified four medical officers in Human Nutrition and the administrative supervision is carried out by the Deputy Director – NHSL and the technical supervision is assign to Dr. Renuka Jayatissa , the  Consultant Nutrition Specialist. This unit is established at the  OPD Building complex.

 Telephone extension - 2919

 Working hours – 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday

 8am – 12 noon Saturday

Functions of the unit

Patient Specific Services

  1. Detailed nutritional assessment

  2. Detailed dietary history and analysis of diets

  3. Setting nutritional goals.

  4. Tailor made nutrition care plan- enteral or parenteral

  5. Nutrition counselling

Other nutrition related services

  1. Nutrition related research

  2. Organizing nutrition related educational programmes and skill developmental programmes.

Referring system

  • Referrals from the OPD

  • Referrals from clinics

  • Referrals from Wards / ICU

  • Referrals from DMH/ CASTLE Street Hospital for Women/ Renal Unit – Maligawatta.

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