The home enteral feeding service is a
community based service which provides all dietetic and specialist
nurse support for patients who are fed by a feeding tube in the
community setting, across County Durham and Darlington (with the
exception of Easington). The team work closely with Nutricia, which
is the company contracted to provide the feeds and associated
equipment, to ensure a high quality comprehensive service is
The service provides personalised training and education sessions
to everyone involved with the care of the patient, covering
patients, their carers, nursing and residential homes, schools and
nurseries. This includes:
The service also provides:
The team has regular contact with patients and their carers to
support them with all aspects of enteral tube feeding. They ensure
all new patients are registered with Nutricia Homeward service and
patients have a constant supply of home enteral feeds and
equipment. Patients are reviewed according to need.
The service is available Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00 pm. Out of
hours, there is a national out of hours nurse advice line - 08457
623636 - manned by the contracted home enteral feeding
Patients are referred to the service
through a variety of healthcare professionals.
The team is based at Bishop Auckland Hospital first
floor, covering County Durham and Darlington.
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community