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Having a nasogastric (NG) feeding tube

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Why do I need a NG tube?

  • Swallowing is not safe for you.
Illustration of person holding there throat, bowl of food with a black cross through and a cup of orange with ice and a straw, with a black cross through.

The NG is safe – Liquid food and drink goes directly into your stomach or

  • You are not eating enough.

What is a NG?

  • An NG is a tube that goes through your nose, down your throat and into your stomach.
  • A special kind of liquid food and drink goes down the tube.

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Cambridge University Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust
Hills Road, Cambridge

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