Nutrition and Hydration Week: 17-23 March

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is supporting Nutrition and Hydration Week 2014 and there will be a series of events across both hospital sites to mark the event.

The week is a National Patient Safety initiative led by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) and Patient Safety First and is aimed at reinforcing and focusing energy and engagement on everything we do to support nutrition and hydration.

On Monday, our Executive Team will be working alongside our ward staff and catering team to help to serve meals on wards at Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal Hospitals to raise awareness of the importance of patients mealtimes and good nutritional intake.

On ‘Tuck-in Tuesday’ between 1 and 3pm our ward staff are taking the opportunity to sample a selection of food from the menu to get a taste of our patient’s meals. Food being sampled will include purees and an a la carte selection provided by our Catering Services.

We will be taking part in ‘Worldwide Afternoon Tea’ on our General and Old Age Medicine wards on both sites on Wednesday after 2.30pm and Scones, jam, cream and tea will be served. This will be followed by a dedicated afternoon tea for sale at Foster’s Restaurant and Glass House Café.

‘Thirsty Thursday’ our Safety Team will encourage staff on wards to come forward and guess the amount of fluid in different containers in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon ward rounds. This is to raise awareness and to provide information on measuring oral fluids and wet beds as well as generating new ideas to support improved fluid balance monitoring.

Finally on Friday, our Dieticians and our Physiotherapy Team will be promoting healthy eating and physical activity between 12 and 2pm at Fosters Restaurant and at Blue Spa Café. They will show us how to check our Body Mass Index and will be running a prize-winning competition.

As Director of Safety Andrew Seaton explains, we take the hydration and nutrition of our patients seriously: “Poor nutrition and hydration leads to poor health, increased and prolonged hospital admissions, and increased costs to the NHS.

“The consequences of poor nutrition and hydration are well documented and include increased risk of infection, delayed wound healing, decreased muscle strength and depression. The Trust is proud to promote this initiative”.