Nutritional Support is used to help patients meet their dietary needs which can be by:

  • ‘Food First’, where the usual diet is supplemented to make it more energy rich, for example adding cream to custard.
  • Using dietary supplements, where a nutritious dietary drink is added to increase the nutritional quality and energy of the daily diet.
  • Artificial nutrition: this is where a person is fed through a tube into their stomach (PEG or naso-gastric tube).

Further information is also available on the British Dietetic Association website.

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