Ambulatory Nutrition Support

Read about the ambulatory support benefits one may gain through the Ambulatory Nutrition Support programme, even after being discharged from the hospital.

The Importance of Ambulatory Nutrition Support 

Conditions such as malnutrition and diabetes are prevalent in hospitalised patients. If left uncontrolled, these conditions can be detrimental and even life-threatening to a patient’s health. The Ambulatory Nutrition Support (ANS) service under the National University Hospital’s Transitional Care Programme provides continued care for such discharged patients in the comfort of their homes. 

As part of the programme, dietitians from the hospital will follow up and monitor patients with personalised nutritional treatment.

Objectives of Ambulatory Nutrition Support

  • Improve the nutritional status of malnourished patients
  • Provide education to and diet monitoring of diabetic patients in order to reduce recurrent hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar levels) or hyperglycemia (high blood sugar levels)

ANS Programme Outline

  • Malnourished, underweight and diabetic patients are the focus of the ANS programme
  • The ANS service includes telephone calls and home visits by a dietitian every month for a maximum of three months
  • Our dietitians will provide nutritional assessment, personalised nutrition intervention plans and nutritional advice during the visit
  • Nutritional supplements will be prescribed, if necessary

Ambulatory Support Benefits and Advantages

  • Smooth transition and continued care for patients will be provided even after they return home from the hospital
  • Medical, nursing and allied health staff will monitor patients in the comfort and privacy of their homes and community
  • Family members and caregivers will be more confident about caring for their loved ones through training and education provided by the ANS service
  • Patients are likely to experience better outcomes such as improved functionality and quality of life as their nutritional status improves

Related: NUH2Home

Duration of Ambulatory Support Service

Each home visit may last between 45 to 60 minutes.

For more information on the ANS service, contact:

Dr Lim Su Lin, Head, Department of Dietetics
Tel: (65) 6772 4580

Ms Tan Kim Fong, Dietitian, Department of Dietetics
Tel: (65) 6772 5166

Opening hours: Mondays–Fridays, 8am to 5pm

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