by Liz Hedges, Therapy Lead for Nutrition and Dietetics, Speech and Language Therapy
From ‘cook-chill’ service to parenteral nutrition in ITU, from the bedside water jug to IV fluids, this month marks the launch of Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital’s Nutrition and Hydration strategy, nicely timed to coincide with the national initiative ‘Nutrition and Hydration week’.
Developed by the Trust’s Nutrition Steering Group, the document details the excellent services we already have in place and addresses our visions for future improvement. Having such a document is recognised as good practice by the Department of Health and whilst many trusts are working towards this, we are among the few who have a working document published.
Nutrition and hydration impact on our patients in all clinical areas, whether on the wards, in outpatient clinics, therapy or diagnostic departments. Nutritional health is important for everyone including staff as well as patients and we want to promote the right nutritional messages for all individuals whether that means healthy eating or nutritional support.
The Strategy aims to ensure:
- High quality food and nutrition services to meet the needs of all our patients
- Motivated and nutritionally aware staff who support nutrition delivery at all levels of care
- An environment that encourages and facilitates nutritional health amongst staff and visitors to the Trust
- Sustainable and cost effective use of resources
The document is available on our website and you are welcome to read more about it here.