Linda’s story – life as a home enteral feeding dietitian

Linda’s story – life as a home enteral feeding dietitian

November 6, 2019 0 By William Morgan


My name is Linda I’m a home enteral feeding
dietitian here at the Trust
A person could need a dietitian for a wide
number of reasons but suppose
specifically if I look at my role as a
home enteral feeding dietician.
So I support people that’ll have a
feeding tube in place sometimes you might
hear that being called a peg tube or
gastronomy
and so people might have a feeding tube
placed and for a number of reasons so
that could be after a stroke for
example that can result in swallowing
difficulties or and you can get swallowing
difficulties from other neurological
conditions such as motion neuron disease
and but also a large number people can
have swallowing difficulties as a result
of and some treatments or surgeries
that may have had.
Alot of dietitians that support people that have
had treatments for head and neck cancers
and so that’s a large part
of my role here and part of the home enteral feeding team here so after either
surgery or maybe radiotherapy
treatment to a cancer around the head and
neck area if you can imagine obviously
any treatment around the mouth area can
result in difficulties with eating and
drinking so some of these people that go
through these treatments and may have
had a gastrostomy tube placed into the
tummy to be able to provide
nutrition to be able to meet their
needs as they going through treatment
and to help them through their recovery as well.
So a normal day in the life of
me well I get up normally first and I I
look at who I’m going to see to see that
morning have a review of
their case notes and see if any other
services have been in to see them any
kind of concerns that mean I may arise
so that can address them when I go to
see someone.
So I suppose this morning I
went to see as I mentioned earlier and
someone who’s recently completed cancer
treatment for head and neck cancers.
So that person was around two months
after the treatment and so we’re looking
at how they’d be managing the side
effects of that treatment typically the
dry mouth so we’re looking at types of
foods that she was able to have and to
introduce and after her
treatment and so we explored them what
type of food that she does like and
looking at those more softer options
I think that they may be able to start
bringing in little and often throughout the day.
The most enjoyable part of my
day is being there for the patients and
supporting them to achieve their goals work
around their nutrition in particular
supporting people after their treatment
and to see that recovery that they make
you know week by week, month by month and
being there along that journey with them
to provide that reassurance and to
support them as they transition
hopefully moving from
from enteral feeding to eating orally or
maybe that they may not make that
bigger transition time and we look at
how enteral feeding is going to work for their life and long-term.