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Understanding Home Artificial Nutrition

This week (1 – 7 August 2022) is Home Artificial Nutrition Awareness Week, dedicated to raising awareness around essential nutritional treatments needed by many across the world.

Home Artificial Nutrition includes oral supplements, enteral nutrition (provided through a feeding tube) and parenteral nutrition (provided through an intravenous line). LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare offers a wide-reaching Home Parenteral Nutrition (HPN) service, which allows patients to receive these intravenous (IV) medicines in the comfort of their own homes, often with the help of our brilliant nurses.

By helping patients receive their treatment in a home environment, it means patients can live more independently by cutting out time needed to visit a hospital setting, and also supports the NHS by taking some of the pressure away from their resources.

“There are many reasons why people may need parenteral nutrition support.” Mary Williamson, Lead Nurse for HPN and IV therapies, told us. “These include forms of intestinal failure, where there’s a reduction in gut function, and it can be caused by a wide variety of medical conditions.”

Armaan Aziz, Adult Nurse in the West Midlands, told us that there’s a lot more to supporting HPN patients than meets the eye. He said: “Home Parenteral Nutrition is vital to our patients, and their needs can vary greatly. We work closely with other clinicians who prescribe nutritional values to meet the patients’ unique needs.”

Mary added: “Each department within LPCH has an important role to play in the support of HPN patients, and without each team’s input we wouldn’t be able to provide this essential service to so many patients.”

Having been a nurse involved in supporting and treating patients on Home Parenteral Nutrition for the last seven years, Mary has seen first-hand how the work she does impacts people’s lives, saying she “is so proud of the integral service we provide to our patients to support them every day, and everyone in LPCH should be, too.”

Visit our website to learn more about our HPN services: https://lpclinicalhomecare.co.uk/hpn/

There are several supporting networks for HPN patients. One of these is PINNT (Patients on Intravenous and Naso-gastric Nutrition Treatment). For further information from a patient perspective please click here to visit the PINNT website