"Nutritional support and dietetics"

About: North Devon District Hospital / Cancer Services North Devon District Hospital / Gastroenterology

(as the patient),

I was an inpatient at North Devon District Hospital following an adverse reaction to cancer treatment which resulted in severe diarrhea, dehydration, hypokalemia and reduced kidney function.  The gastro dietician recommended a low residue diet, but the catering department were unable to offer this to me because I am Coeliac and need a gluten free diet.  This meant there was very little I could eat in hospital which affected my recovery.  I complained to the PALS service and I am very happy to say that my complaint has been acknowledged and changes will be made.

However, there is no oncology dietician at North Devon Hospital and now I am considering restarting my cancer treatment there will be no one there to support me in ensuring my nutritional needs are met. I think nutrition and diet are such fundamental aspects of wellness and should be given equal importance to other aspects of care at the hospital.


Response from Steven Johnson, Living with & beyond cancer lead, Cancer Services, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust 3 months ago
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Steven Johnson
Living with & beyond cancer lead, Cancer Services,
Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust
Submitted on 01/09/2020 at 16:53
Published on Care Opinion on 02/09/2020 at 11:52

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Dear patient,

Thank you for taking the time to share your story with us regarding nutritional support and dietetics. I am very sorry to hear that you were so unwell following your chemotherapy and hope you are recovering well now. I am glad to hear that the PALS service have provided you with support and that changes will now be made following your feedback.

The need for a specialist Oncology Dietitian has been raised and the specific requirements are currently under review at the hospital. As soon as more information is available about what is happening I will be able to update you. Please continue to raise any specific queries or concerns through the Dietetic team and your Cancer team. Your Care Opinion feedback will be shared with these services for their information.

Best wishes,


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