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Dietitians are qualified healthcare professionals who can assess the patients' nutritional status, diagnose and plan the necessary intervention for the patients' requirements based on their medical, dietary and psychosocial history. They will then monitor and evaluate that the treatment plan augments the physicians' treatment.

Dietitians translate scientific evidence-based research on nutrition, health and disease and apply this information into practical nutrition guidelines to help patients understand the relationship between food and health.

At the Singapore General Hospital, Dietitians liaise closely with other healthcare professionals to provide patient care.

Dietitians provide medical nutrition therapy to patients, which include individual diet education and counselling and nutrition support.

Diet Education and Counselling

Dietitians assess patients' nutritional status and develop individualised nutrition care plans based on patients' medical, dietary and psychosocial history. Medical nutrition therapies are provided to patients with the following conditions (but not limited to):

  • diabetes (type 1, type 2, gestational)
  • dyslipidaemia
  • heart failure
  • chronic kidney disease
  • dialysis treatment (haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis)
  • post organ transplants (kidney, liver, heart)
  • bone marrow transplant
  • cancer
  • dysphagia, stroke, parkinson's disease, neurosurgery
  • conditions requiring hyperalimentation (e.g. burns, cancer & trauma)
  • liver disease
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa)
  • overweight/ obesity (meal replacement, bariatric surgery)
  • gout
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • osteoporosis


Nutritional Support

Patients who are critically ill and malnourished may experience loss of appetite and/or swallowing difficulties. Hence, depending solely on their diet/food intake to meet nutritional requirements may not be sufficient for them. Dietitians play the paramount role of tailoring nutritional support plans according to patients' medical conditions, nutritional goals and preferences. Types of nutritional support include:
  • nutritional supplements
  • enteral tube feeding
  • parenteral nutrition

How to make an Appointment

A referral letter from a doctor at Singapore General Hospital is necessary to indicate the patient's diagnosis and treatment, medication, laboratory values and any further plan of treatment e.g. renal replacement therapy.

This helps the Dietitian to tailor the meal plan according to the medical condition, and at the same time allows the patient to include his favourite foods in the special diet.

Appointments will be given upon referral.

Dietitians at the Singapore General Hospital also provide outpatient individual diet education and counselling. The dietetics outpatient clinics are:

  • General Clinic (L Clinic)
  • Gestational Diabetes Clinic (L Clinic)
  • Diabetes Clinic (Diabetes and Metabolism Centre)
  • Young Adult Diabetes Clinic (Diabetes and Metabolism Centre)
  • Renal Clinic (Diabetes and Metabolism Centre)
  • Peritoneal Dialysis Centre (Diabetes and Metabolism Centre)
  • Gastrointestinal Clinic (Centre for Digestive and Liver Diseases)
  • Nutrition Support Clinic (Centre for Digestive and Liver Diseases)
  • Eating Disorders Clinic (LIFE Centre)
  • Weight Management Clinic (LIFE Centre)
  • Osteoporosis & Bone Health Clinic (LIFE Centre)
  • Renal Transplant Clinic (Transplant Centre)
  • Liver Transplant Clinic (Transplant Centre)
  • Head and Neck Cancer Surgery Clinic (Head and Neck Centre)

Besides the abovementioned Dietitian clinics at the Singapore General Hospital, Dietitians also provide outpatient services at the National Heart Centre and at the National Cancer Centre.

Our dietetics services are provided for patients who are referred by the doctors.

You will require a referral letter from your doctor if you need to consult the Dietitian.

For enquiries, please contact the Department of Dietetics at
6326 5293.

Head of Department

Loh Yet Hua (Dr)
PhD (United Kingdom)
Master of Science (Nutrition) (United Kingdom)
BSc (Hons) Dietetics (Malaysia)

Senior Principal Dietitian

Tan Lee Boo
Master of Science (Nutrition) (United Kingdom)
BSc (Hons) Dietetics (Malaysia)
Certified Nutrition Support Clinician

Pindar Yu Po Yee
Master of Science (Health Sciences) (United Kingdom)
Master of Nutrition & Dietetics (Australia)
Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) (Australia)
Certified Nutrition Support Clinician

Kala Adaikan
Master in Diabetes (United Kingdom)
BSc (Hons) Nutrition & Dietetics (United Kingdom) 

Senior Dietitian

Gary Chiah Tung Lin
Master in Preventive Cardiology (United Kingdom)
BSc (Hons) Health Sciences (Dietetics) (Malaysia)

Cherry Li Xiao Ying
Master of Nutrition & Dietetics (Australia)
Bachelor of Physics (China)

Tan Ai Shan
Master of Science (Nutrition & Dietetics) (Australia)
BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Health Community (Malaysia)

Tan Sheau Kang
Master of Nutrition & Dietetics (Australia)
Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Australia)

Eunice Goh Ern Hui
Master of Nutrition & Dietetics (Australia)
BSc (Hons) Food Science and Nutrition (Malaysia)

Wong Hui Mei
BSc (Hons) of Dietetics (Malaysia)

Grace Yanni Yanti
BSc (Hons) Nutrition (Australia)

Joycelyn Er Pei Ling
Master of Public Health (Singapore)
Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Australia)

Group Education

Dietitians conduct group nutrition education to inpatients and outpatients, their family members and caregivers. Types of group classes include:

  • diabetes group education
  • weight management group education
  • cardiac rehabilitation programme
  • antenatal classes
  • eating disorder treatment programme
  • colorectal surgery recovery programme


Support Groups

Dietitians also participate in the following support group activities:

  • Stroke Support Group
  • Parkinson's Disease Support Group
  • Eating Disorders - Parents Empowerment Group (PEG)
  • Eating Disorders - Support for Eating Disorders Singapore (SEDS)
  • Oncology Support Group (OSG)
  • Burns Support Group
  • Osteoporosis Support Group


Multidisciplinary Meetings/ Ward rounds

In multidisciplinary meetings/ward rounds, Dietitians communicate patient care plans with the medical team, nursing and allied health professionals in various specialties including parenteral nutrition support, renal, burns, eating disorders, liver transplant, neurosurgical rehabilitation, neuromedicine, geriatrics, traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, oncology rehabilitation, head and neck surgery, glucose management and paediatrics.

Community Nutrition

In addition to clinical work, the Dietitians also extend their skills and services to the community via public health campaigns, external consultancy and nutrition forums.

SGH Campus Nutrition Promotion Activities
Dietitians are actively involved in promoting healthy food choices to staff, patients, visitors and public. Theme-specific nutrition campaigns are organised to highlight the link between nutrition, health and disease.

Community Nutrition
Dietitians also reach out to specific groups of the population including the elderly to promote healthy eating.

External Professional Consultancy
Dietitians conduct talks and workshops to external organisations including statutory boards, commercial organisations, schools, etc.

Last Modified Date :09 May 2017