"Nutritional support and dietetics"
About: North Devon District Hospital / Cancer Services North Devon District Hospital Cancer Services Barnstaple EX31 4JB North Devon District Hospital / Gastroenterology North Devon District Hospital Gastroenterology EX31 4JB
Posted by Ellesse (as ),
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.