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Nutrition Nurses

Introduction

The Nutrition Nursing Team are experts in Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition feeding (Artificial Nutrition) and support patients, carers/families and community staff in caring for the feeding tubes and tube site.

Referral Process

For patients not known to either Dr Gao or the Nutrition Nursing Team please refer as detailed below.

Referrals are accepted via E-RS only.

Procedures Provided

  • Full Assessment of patients referred for new feeding tubes: PEG, Jejunostomy and Parenteral Nutrition, Nasal Bridles
  • Monitor In-patients receiving Parenteral Nutrition, Gastrostomy, Jejunostomy and naso-enteric feeding
  • Gastrostomy replacement and removal services
  • Train patients, families and carers in caring for feeding tubes and tube sites
  • Provide tube components for older tubes
  • Assess and troubleshoot in tubes and tube sites problems
  • Telephone reviews of patients
  • Balloon Gastrostomy changes and training patients and carers
  • Balloon Gastrostomy tube removals
  • Can advise regarding Medicines via enteral feeding tubes
  • Work closely with Community Dietitians, Speech and Language Therapist, Learning Disabilities Nurse Specialists and Transition team
  • Feeding At Risk Pathway of care not suitable for enteral feeding tubes
  • Ethical considerations regarding tube feeding and Feeding at Risk
  • Feeding Issue MDT
  • Link between Enteral Feeding Companies

Clinics

Open Access Clinic for Home Tube Fed Patients having tubes placed at the Luton & Dunstable University Hospital or known to Dr Rui Gao – Consultant Gastroenterologist

Clinic name: – Nutrition Nurse only clinic
Clinic Type: Adults & Transition patients (17+ years)
Clinic days/times: Monday to Friday 08.00-12.00 and 13.00-16.00

Clinicians - Consultants/Specialist Nurses

Luton & Dunstable University Hospital

Nutrition Nurses

Niamh Kavanagh Nutrition Support Assistant
Jacqui Donaghy Nutrition Support Sister
Jacqui Arnold-Jellis Clinical Nurse Specialist
Helen Chin Nutrition Support Sister
Dr Rui Gao Consultant Gastroenterologist

Useful Contacts

Luton & Dunstable University Hospital
Clinical Nurse Specialist – Nutrition Jacqui Arnold-Jellis
01582 497545
Mrs Helen Chin 01582 497545/497157, Bleep 046
Mrs Jacqui Donaghy 01582 497545/497157, Bleep 064
Niamh Kavanagh 01582 497545/497157, Bleep 058
Outpatients booking department: 01582 561385
Switchboard 01582 491166
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