See also: Referral to the Unit and the Intestinal Failure Newsletter Catalogue
Description of Service
The Lennard Jones Intestinal Failure Unit at St Mark’s Hospital is a specialist centre dedicated to the assessment and management of patients with Intestinal Failure.
The Unit is supported by a multi-disciplinary team who offer a comprehensive approach to patients with intestinal failure receiving parenteral (feeding intravenously) or enteral (tube feeding) nutrition. The role of the team is to perform a nutritional assessment, design a nutrition regime, and address electrolyte/metabolic derangements whilst continuing to offer support for education and training with nutritional input.
What is Intestinal Failure?
Intestinal Failure is a rare condition in which:
- The small intestine is unable to digest and/or absorb the correct amount of nutrients
- The body is not able to reabsorb fluids produced by the intestine
These factors can therefore contribute to malnutrition and dehydration.
About the Unit
The Intestinal Failure Unit consists of 20 beds which are made up with four bays and eight single-side rooms. In keeping with the Trust and Dignity policy, we practice same-sex accomodation.
There are four large bays consisting of four beds in each bay. The side rooms are only used for screening and isolation. Once the screening process has been completed patients are moved into open bays.
Contact the Unit
The Lennard Jones Intestinal Failure Unit
Level 9 (Jonson Ward)
St Mark’s Hospital
Middx HA1 3UL
The Unit is based in the main Northwick Park Hospital Ward block, on level 9.
Telephone: 020 8869 2492/2494
Intestinal Failure Office
Tel: 020 8235 4120
Fax: 020 8235 4009
Coordinator: Vatsala Dodhia
Tel: 020 8869 2045
Dietitians: 020 8869 2666
Stoma Care: 020 8235 4110
Pharmacy: 020 8235 4100