"...all doctors should be able to diagnose and treat nutritional deficiencies."

Royal College of Physicians. Nutrition and Patients: A Doctor's Responsibility. London 2002

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Feeding or Swallowing Difficulties

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This will commonly lead to unintentional weight loss and nutritional deficiencies because of reduced intake or as a result of the necessary changes in the diet that accompany situations such as neurological problems, oral or oesophageal disease.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommends that:
“Such patients should routinely receive nutrition assessment and support before deficiencies become established.”

The invaluable advice of a community or hospital dietitian can be accessed through the GP or hospital specialist and should be sought as soon as there are significant problems.

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