Tube feeding – The Clinical Community Dietetic Service
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You have been referred to the Clinical Community Dietetic Service. We hope this leaflet will explain who we are and what you should expect from our service.
Who we are?
The Clinical Community Dietetic Service is a team of four registered Dietitians, one dietetic assistant and various administration staff. We are open Monday-Friday 09.00-17.00. We see the following people in their own homes, care homes, hospices and respite facilities who are registered with a Milton Keynes GP:
- Any adult with a tube feed in place
- An adult with mobility problems who cannot attend a clinic appointment at Milton Keynes Hospital
How can you contact us?
Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust,
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01908 995416. If we are not available please leave a message on our secure answerphone. We may not respond until the next working day. Contact us if you are having problems with tolerating your feed.
Abbott Hospital to Home 0800 0183799
Contact if you want to discuss your deliveries
Abbott nurse advisor 07824 483335
Contact if you have problems with your tube or pump
Abbott out of hours helpline 0800 0183799
Contact if you have problems with your tube or pump outside of the Abbott nurses working
hours (mon-fri 9-5)
What should you expect from our service?
Before the appointment:
o You should be contacted in your preferred manner (e.g. telephone, email or text) to arrange an appointment at your place of residence. This is usually done only a few days in advance.
During the appointment:
o It should last approximately 45 minutes and we will agree an aim of nutritional treatment and give appropriate verbal and/or written advice to help you achieve this.
o We are likely to ask about any medical changes, current medications, weight history, oral intake (if any), current feed regime and tolerance.
o If possible we will weigh you. We will bring our own electronic scales with us.
o We will discuss a future appointment with you which is based on clinical need and can be anything from one to six months. You will remain under our care for the duration of your tube feed and if any aftercare is needed
After the appointment:
o After each visit we will write to your GP to update them on any progress or changes required (you will always be sent a copy of this letter unless you tell us otherwise).
You may not always be seen by the same dietitian. If you would prefer to see a particular dietitian please let us know and we will try to accommodate your request.
Please let us know if you are unable to keep a pre-arranged appointment. Failure to do so may result in us being unable to do any more home visits to you.