Nutrition support and intestinal failure service

The nutrition support and intestinal failure service provides treatment, support and advice to patients across the south of England with complex gut disorders. Patients are referred to our service after surgery or disease that decreases their ability to absorb nutrients/fluids effectively. We have been providing an experienced service to patients for 25 years, treating inpatients, outpatients and emergency cases. It is a regional specialist treatment centre providing care for patients referred from Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, the Isle of Wight, East and West Sussex, Surrey and Berkshire.

Our service includes an inpatient unit at Southampton General Hospital and a range of outpatient services and clinics. Our inpatient unit provides patients with specialist care during periods of assessment, acute illness and after operations. We have a weekly multidisciplinary nutrition clinic where patients are able to see doctors, nurses and dietitian. There is also a weekly intestinal failure dietitian clinic.

Our internationally renowned gastroenterologists are respected experts in the field of nutrition support. Patients across the region are referred to our specialist colorectal surgeons who perform surgery to help patients stop their need for intravenous nutrition or complex medication regimes.

We are committed to patient centred care, putting the individual needs of the patient and their desires are at the centre of what we do.

The intestinal failure unit

The Southampton intestinal failure unit is located on ward F11 at Southampton General Hospital.

It is a 17 bedded unit specializing in the care of patients with a compromised gastrointestinal tract and requiring intensive fluid and nutritional management. It comprises 10 single side rooms, and two single sex bays containing four and three beds respectively. It aims to enhance the experience of patients with intestinal failure through holistic, high quality evidence based nursing care, and coordinated multi disciplinary working.