Community Home Enteral Feeding Dietetics Service
We are part of the Community Children’s Nursing Team, and also work closely with other teams such as Speech and Language Therapy, Community Paediatricians and the Hospital Dietitians. Our team consists of two Dietitians and one Dietetic Assistant.
We specialise in children’s home tube feeding. Our aim is to help all the children we care for to meet their nutritional requirements whilst helping families to feel confident and safe with tube feeding.
We are a non-emergency service looking after any child with a feeding tube up to age 16 years old (or while attending a Special Needs School). Children under our care must be registered with a GP with a Manchester postcode. Our service is city wide, covering North, Central and South Manchester Community areas.
Exclusions may include children who require special dietary monitoring in relation to their diagnosis, for example oncology, ketogenic, renal, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, and some gastroenterology cases. These children remain under the care of the hospital dietitians
We thoroughly assess growth using weights, heights and other detailed measures of body composition. These details are used to calculate the child’s precise nutritional needs and we then design individualised feeding plans. We work together with families to ensure that the feeding plans we recommend are tailored to suit the child’s daily routine and any symptoms or tolerance issues that might otherwise complicate feeding. We carry out a full initial assessment and annual review, and children are reviewed regularly in between on an as-needed basis. Contact will be frequent initially, but once feeding is stable, follow-up tends to be every 3 – 6 months. We see children in their own homes, at school, and in outpatient clinics.
Children’s Community Home Enteral Feeding Dietetics Service
Longsight Health Centre
526 – 528 Stockport Road
Monday to Friday, 9am to 4:30pm.
Excluding bank holidays.
For urgent enquiries out of hours:
- Tube problems – contact the Children’s Community Nursing Team on 0161 248 8501
- Feed deliveries and pump problems – contact Abbott Hospital to Home on 0800 018 3799
Page last reviewed: October 2022
Next review due: October 2023