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Nutrition and Hydration Week under-way

This week (March 16 – 22) is Nutrition and Hydration Week 2015 and hospital Trusts, care homes and other healthcare premises across the world have special activities planned to help raise awareness of the importance of good nutrition and hydration.

Nutrition & Hydration Week is a collaboration between the Hospital Caterers Association, the National Association of Care Catering and Patient Safety Domain NHS England. Its aims are to create a global movement to reinforce and focus energy, activity and engagement on nutrition and hydration as an important part of quality care, experience and safety improvement in health and social care settings.


Here are just some of the activities planned for the week:


Kings Mill Hospital in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire has focused on Making Mealtimes Matter and will have quizzes with prizes for staff and visitors.


The City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust will have their Nutritional Nurse Ward Based Champions focusing on compliance with MUST (screening) assessment for patients. Clinical staff will join the Catering Department Assembly Unit Tour and Taste to learn more about the patient meal service.



The Acute Medicine admissions ward at The Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham will hold a Worldwide Afternoon Tea Party for patients.


At the Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust a free bottle of water and fresh fruit will be available with every meal deal purchased at the staff dining rooms all week.


Barts Health Trust will have a roadshow travelling around the Trust featuring Healthy Eating Q & A sessions with the Trust’s Dietitians.


The Weston Area Health Trust will hold a Nutrition and Hydration Trolley dash as a practical way to learn about supporting the food and drink needs of patients on the ward.


University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay will be inviting children to go down into the woods for a Teddy Bears Picnic and will be giving patients fresh smoothies, made by its own team of chefs, using locally sourced products.


The Fosters Restaurant at Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust will be hosting a Taste the World Day on Tuesday and the Trust will be taking part in the World’s biggest tea party.


Two web-based Twitter chats will also be held on Monday and Tuesday evenings at 8pm hosted by Registered Dietitians UK and WeNurses respectively. Each will focus on exploring the answers to a set of questions based around issues of hydration and nutrition.