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Acute dietitians

Our Acute Dietetics teams care for patients who require dietary support, including support with hospital meals or snacks as well as artificial feeding options.

They support patients in the following wards and departments at Stoke Mandeville Hospital:

  • Critical Care and Surgery
  • Burns
  • Medical wards – including our wards specialising in medicine for older people
  • Short Stay wards
  • Respiratory wards
  • Trauma and orthopaedics
  • Gastroenterology (which includes a weekly specialist clinic)
  • Oncology wards
  • Parenteral and Enteral nutrition support (including admissions of home enteral feeding patients)
  • Florence Nightingale Hospice (on request)

And support patients in the following wards and services at Wycombe Hospital:

  • Stroke Unit (ward 8 + 9)
  • Critical Care and Surgery (including parenteral nutrition)
  • Cardiology (ward 2a)

There is also a weekly outpatient clinic at both Stoke Mandeville and Wycombe hospitals.

All patients must be referred to the dietitians in order to receive advice from the team.

Teams of specialist dietitians care for:

  • Patients with spinal cord injuries in our National Spinal Injury Centre Spinal.
  • Children and young people in our paediatric department
  • Patients receiving cancer – specialist Macmillan dietitians care for patients in our cancer care unit.
  • Patients receiving treatment from our stroke and cardiology services
    • Our dedicated stroke unit allows our patients to receive the best possible care in one environment specifically planned around their condition. This helps improve their rehabilitation by allowing them to get to know staff and feel more supported during their time in hospital.
    • Dietitians support patients on the wards who may experience difficulties in meeting their nutritional requirements after a stroke, including dysphagia resulting in requirements for a texture modified diets (swallowing problems), fatigue, decreased appetite and taste changes.
    • We see patients who need initial investigation, treatment and care immediately following a stroke. We also care for patients who need rehabilitation and work with a number of services across the hospital including physiotherapy and occupational therapy.