Nutrition Services for adults

Home Parenteral Nutrition and Intestinal Failure

Home Parenteral Nutrition (HPN) patients need to be fed intravenously through a long-term catheter - or feeding tube.

The HPN service at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, is run by a team of healthcare professionals with a range of skills to help patients who need to receive their food or nutrition in this way.


Our services

Different patients need HPN for different lengths of time. We admit patients who are going to need more long-term parenteral nutrition to Ward 16 at the Freeman Hospital. Our specialist team trains patients to manage HPN at home.

We make sure that patients are established on HPN and are comfortable enough to use the system at home after their hospital treatment. Depending on their medical condition or surgical plan, patients might need to be admitted to hospital for about three or more weeks.

When patients leave hospital and are stable, our team will see them at follow-up appointments initially frequently, but then every three months.

We also supply patients with contact details so they can access help and advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Regional centre

The Freeman Hospital is a regional centre for HPN in the North East of England. We currently have over 60 patients on parenteral nutrition in their own homes. 

Part of our service is to manage complications surrounding intestinal failure, and we see patients who are referred to us for HPN and intestinal failure surgery from other hospitals in the region.

Audit results

Audits of our service help us to develop and improve services for all patients.

Our service has good results for infection rates. For example, the Care Quality Commission recommends the level of Central Venous Catheter blood stream-related infections should be 0.99 per 1,000 catheter days. The infection rate for the Freeman’s HPN service for 2013-2014 was 0.20 per 1,000 catheter days.

Who you could meet

Our team of professionals includes:

  • Surgeons
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Nutrition Nurse Specialists
  • Dietitians
  • Pharmacists
  • Clinical Biochemistry staff.

The service is led by Dr Nick Thompson (Consultant Gastroenterologist) and Dr Chris Mountford (Consultant Gastroenterologist).

You can find out more about the Nutrition Services Team.

You can also recognise our staff by the uniforms they wear.

More information

Useful weblinks

  • www.pinnt.com: PINNT is a support group for people receiving artificial nutrition
  • www.bapen.org.uk: BAPEN is a charity which raises awareness of malnutrition and works to develop the nutritional care of patients and people at risk from malnutrition.

Contact us

For more details about the Home Parenteral Nutrition Service, please contact:

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