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Home Enteral Nutrition

This service is available to patients who cannot obtain adequate nutrition via the normal route (i.e. orally from a normal diet).  Enteral nutrition is a way of providing nutrition and fluids via a tube into the digestive tract.  Historically this method of ensuring adequate nutrition would have been provided in a hospital setting.  However once the patient's medical condition is stable and the patient and/or relatives/carers are trainined in administering the feed, the trend in more recent years has been to discharge to the home environment for on-going care.  The Home Enteral Nutrition Service coordinates pre-discharge preparation, provides training and monitors the patient after discharge.


The HENS team can be contacted here

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Support group for people requiring tube feeding at home for adults.


Support site for children requiring tube feeding at home.

Referral Form

This can be used to refer individual patients to the Leicestershire Home Enteral Nutrition Service - updated July 2019 LNDS161H

Link to Nutricia Flocare website

On line training on the use of flocare enteral feeding pumps.