Released 12 September 2022
I would be grateful if you could provide copies of any pathways/protocols that relate to the use of Nasogastric (NG) feeding tubes within your trust.
In particular please advise if there is a pathway/protocol relating to the removal of/weaning off of the NG feeding.
University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust has been in operation since 1 April 2021 following the merger of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust and Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
We are currently in the process of updating our policies and procedures across the University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust. Until this process has been completed some services continue to use legacy documents and this is reflected in the information we have provided.
Please note there is currently no single policy that covers nasogastric feeding across the whole Trust. We have provided documents below relevant to our main Neonatal units. Should we receive any additional relevant documents we will forward these on as an addendum to our response.
With regard to polices and protocols covering the decision to wean patients of NG tubes this is a very individual process and is the result of a shared decision between parents/carers, the health professional team involved and the community/outreach nurses. As such this is only touched on in the attached policies.
Staff names have been redacted from the documents provided in line with section 40(2) exemption of the Act on the grounds that this amounts to personal data. The engagement of s.40(2) in this case is considered absolute and is not subject to public interest considerations.