Working within Gastroenterology, we provide patient care across both the ward and clinic setting, working closely with specialist nurses and doctors to provide the best results. We offer dietary advice to patients with a wide range of conditions such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), pancreatitis, bacterial overgrowth and liver disease. We offer advice and support on dietary restrictions to help with gut-related symptoms, including reducing or increasing fibre intakes, whilst also offering guidance on specialist diets such as the low FODMAP diet. From experience, we recognise that no two patients with bowel conditions are the same and are happy to use our knowledge and skills to provide a tailored service to meet individual needs.
There is a 31-bed hyperacute and acute stroke unit that accepts patients from a wide geographical area. Close links with therapy colleagues provide enhanced multi-professional working.
There are three respiratory wards and one of these has Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV) beds. Royal Stoke specialises in PEG (Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy) insertion under NIV so is a specialist centre for people with Motor Neurone Disease. In addition the hospital and more specifically the respiratory, neurology and palliative care teams contribute to the MNDA (Motor Neurone Disease Association) Care Network and are developing an improved care pathway for these patients.
The North West Midlands Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Centre is a designated centre providing care for children and adults with CF across North and South Staffordshire, Burton, Shropshire and Wolverhampton. The CF Specialist Dietitians are an integral part of the centre's paediatric and adult multi-disciplinary teams which contain motivated and highly skilled individuals. The high quality care offered by both teams and the excellent facilities were highlighted in a recent CF Trust peer review. Patients receive input from our teams during inpatient hospital stays, outpatient visits to clinic and care whilst at home. We cover a wide geographical area caring for nearly 140 patients and are part of monthly outreach clinics in Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton. As dietitians we also participate in providing training and education, regional and centre service meetings and weekly multi-disciplinary team meetings. We work closely with our diabetes team colleagues to ensure optimum care for our patients.
The diabetes team's work is a combination of out-patient clinic work, group work, training of other health professionals and in-patient work. We work with people with Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes. The team work with consultants and diabetes nurses to support people to understand diabetes and make lifestyle choices to help their condition.