Care on the General Medical Ward

  • Alastair McKinlayEmail author
  • Rebecca McKay


  • When should we consider admission to a medical ward?

  • How do we assess physical risk in a patient with severe malnutrition?

  • What is the role of the medical unit in the management of the severely ill patient?

  • How can we safely manage the potentially fatal complication of refeeding syndrome?

  • When is nasogastric feeding required and how can it be conducted safely?

  • How can the patient’s anorexic behaviour be contained, to prevent or heal any splitting and low morale among staff?

  • What are the risks and problems of transition to further care?


Alastair McKinlay

is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and the Eden Unit, with a special interest in nutrition and eating disorders.

Rebecca McKay is a Specialist Doctor in Gastroenterology, with an interest in nutrition and eating disorders, at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, NHS Trust, Leeds, UK.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Aberdeen Royal InfirmaryUniversity of AberdeenAberdeenUK
  2. 2.Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS TrustLeedsUK

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