The Intestinal Failure Unit at Salford Royal has an international reputation as a centre of excellence. The unit was the first of its kind in the United Kingdom and is one of only two designated centres for the treatment of complex intestinal failure patients in the country.
The unit admits between 40 and 60 new patients each year from hospitals throughout the United Kingdom and beyond.
A specialist team that consists of nurses, surgeons, physicians, pharmacists, dieticians, clinical psychologists and therapists provides care on the unit.
Home Parenteral Nutrition (HPN)
The unit manages the largest number of Home Parenteral Nutririon (HPN) patients in the country, which is the treatment of choice for patients with chronic intestinal failure in the United Kingdom.
Approximately 95% of all patients admitted to the unit require parenteral nutrition and 50% of all new patients require HPN after discharge where a carer may be necessary i.e. family member or nurse.
HPN may be required on a temporary basis or permanent basis. In these circumstances the unit offer training on self-caring for HPN carried out by specialist nurses.
Patients are reviewed every 3 to 6 months, depending on progress, by Salford Royal's dedicated HPN clinic.