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Survey: Help us improve enteral tube feeding services


We are trying to improve the current arrangements for ordering, supply and management of enteral tube feeds.

Enteral tube feeds are used for patients who are unable to eat orally (by mouth) but have a normally functioning digestive system. This means specialised dietary products known as enteral feeds are fed directly into the stomach using a tube.

When a patient receiving enteral tube feeding in hospital is medically stable, they may be discharged to their own home or residential care. Over 1000 patients in Northern Ireland require home enteral tube feeding.

Underlying conditions which may lead to enteral tube feeding include neurological disorders affecting swallowing, head and neck cancers and oesophago-gastric diseases.

If you are a patient or a carer for someone who uses enteral tube feeds, we would like to hear from you.

Please fill in this survey: https://consultations.nidirect.gov.uk/hsc-new-models-of-prescribing/enteral-feeds-survey

Survey closed: 25 October 2020

Enteral feeds are prescribed by GPs and dispensed in community pharmacies (chemists). The equipment to administer the feeds is supplied via the Health and Social Care Trusts using a variety of mechanisms.

This survey has been initiated by the Health and Social Care Board as commissioner of services, to seek wider opinion on the adequacy of current arrangements in primary care and on discharge from hospital for: