Upper Gastro-Intestinal (GI) Dietitian
What is the upper gastro-intestinal (GI) tract?
Picture of the upper GI tract
The gastro-intestinal (GI) tract is a continuous, muscular tube approximately 5 meters long, and extends from the mouth to the anus and forms our digestive system. It consists of the oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (colon), back passage (rectum) and anus.
The oesophagus, stomach and small intestine form part of the upper GI tract. The liver, gallbladder, bile ducts and pancreas are important organs and are also considered as part of the upper GI digestive system.
Common disorders that affect the upper GI tract include infection and inflammation, muscular disturbances affecting the function of the tract and cancers.
The upper GI Dietitian
Based on the Wonford site the upper GI Dietitian will see and advise any patients with an upper GI diagnosis which may be affecting their ability to eat, causing nutritional problems such as difficulty swallowing, loss of appetite, weight loss or in preparation for a surgical procedure.
The upper GI Dietitian works closely with other members of the wider health care community including consultants, specialist nurses and G.P’s to support patients and their relatives.
Patients can be seen either as inpatients, when attending for treatment or at an outpatient clinic.
In addition to assessing and advising patients the upper GI Dietitian is involved in training and education (staff and the public), research, audit and writing policies.
Please see below links to some useful websites:
British Dietetic Association: www.bda.uk.com
Oesophageal Patients Association: www.opa.org.uk
Cancer Research UK: www.cancerresearchuk.org
Macmillan Cancer Support: www.macmillan.org.uk
Force Cancer Charity: www.forcecancercharity.co.uk
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