A new charity funded dietician has started work with cystic fibrosis (CF) patients to tailor the food that they eat so that it matches their specific needs. Ellie Tidswell is working with patients on the CF Unit at the Northern General Hospital to help deliver the high calorie food they need whilst ensuring it meets their nutritional requirements and is as appetising as possible.
Money was raised to pay for a dietician for two years; half was contributed by a generous individual donor and the rest came from fundraising activities supported by the Sheffield Hospitals Charity.
Cystic Fibrosis consultant Dr Frank Edenborough said: “CF clogs the lungs and digestive system. As the disease progresses, it takes sufferers more and more energy just to breathe. Getting enough calories as well as the right nutrition is crucial in maintaining weight and their overall health.”
CF sufferers need a diet high in fat, calories and salt, which can be a challenge when other hospital patients are being encouraged to eat the opposite of this. They often lose their appetite and interest in eating when they are unwell which raises even more of a nutritional challenge.
Ellie said: “The young people I work with are in and out of hospital all of their lives. It is vitally important they maintain a healthy weight and I hope we will be able to help patients practically achieve this and provide a role model for what they should be doing at home. It is my passion to make their meals more fun and appetising so they get greater enjoyment in reaching their target weights.”
Hundreds of runners from across Yorkshire are at Newby Hall, near Ripon to take part in the Yorkshire 10k.
It is open to everyone over 16 and there is also a 2 run.
Runners are raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and all money raised will go to funding medical research.
Between mid-October and December 2011, samples from 15,000 babies across South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the East Midlands were put through the faulty cystic fibrosis testing machine in Sheffield. All those families have now been contacted and youngsters given the all clear.
The NHS has admitted there was a fault with a machine used to test newborn babies in South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire for cystic fibrosis. Parents of children affected have been sent letters informing them of the problem. All those youngsters have now been checked and given the all clear.
Trials are due to begin on a treatment for cystic fibrosis which replaces a faulty gene and stops mucus forming in the lungs.
Toni Hannon is from Ripon and her son Evan has the condition. When he's ill he coughs, has night sweats and panic attacks, vomits and is always tired.
She's raised money in the past for research into the illness.