Intestinal failure

Intestinal failure is a severe reduction in the intestinal absorption of essential macronutrients and/or water and electrolyte supplements that are needed to maintain health. Patients who have intestinal failure can be cared for in our specialist unit and are offered a range of therapies suited to their conditions.

Description of service

As one of only two referral centres in the country for patients with intestinal failure (IF), we are currently caring for in excess of 200 patients. Our multidisciplinary team offers a comprehensive approach to intestinal failure patients receiving parenteral or enteral nutrition.

Our aims are:

  • to facilitate greater access for patients with intestinal failure to a specialist centre
  • to reduce the severity of intestinal failure
  • to increase patient confidence through enhanced education and support.

When required we can offer the patient surgical intervention which is carried out by Carolynne Vaizey, our IF surgeon.

We have an excellent length of stay which is achieved by the support of a multi-disciplinary team including a highly specialist IF surgeon, medical consultants, specialist nurses, dieticians, physiotherapists and pharmacists.


Northwick Park and St Mark's Hospitals

The intestinal failure unit is based on level 9 of Northwick Park Hospital which can be found within the main ward block. This is a dedicated unit used only for patients with intestinal failure.


Northwick Park and St Mark's Hospitals

  • Secretary to Simon Gabe
    020 8235 4089 9am - 5pm
  • Secretary to Jeremy Nightingale
    020 8235 4196 9am - 5pm
  • Co-ordinator
    020 8235 4120 7am - 3pm
  • Clinical nutrition and intestinal failure service office
    020 8235 4120 24h answer phone

Consultants and other key staff

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