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Nasogastric Tubes and Gastrostomy Tubes

Guidelines for Managing Nasogastric Tubes and Gastrostomy Tubes

If a child is admitted to the school/setting who is unable to take food or fluid by mouth, they may require supplementary feeding and medicines via a gastrostomy or nasogastric tube.

It is necessary to:

  • Contact both the school nurse/health visitor and the Community Children’s Nursing Team as soon as possible so that training on the care of the tube can be started.
  • Receive training and attain competencies (see downloads) on the care of the tube to include the administration of both medicines and feeding via the tube as required.
  • Ensure a care plan is in place that reflects the specific requirements of each named child with a tube.


The Community Children’s Nursing Team:

Friars Gate
Stratford Road
Solihull B90 4BN

Office Telephone number: 0121 746 4436

School Nurses:

Tel: North Solihull 0121 770 1919             South Solihull 0121 746 4550

All schools should have details of their nominated school nurse.

Health Visitors