This week, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will be supporting the global initiative of Nutrition and Hydration Week with a number of events to mark and raise awareness of the campaign.
Nutrition and Hydration Week 2015 runs from 16 - 22 March and exists to create a global movement that will raise awareness and improve understanding of the vital importance of good nutrition and hydration across social and health care settings.
Throughout the week, the Trust’s dietitians will be hosting a number of information stalls at the Hartington Unit on Monday (16 March) and the Radbourne Unit on Tuesday (17 March) to teach patients, staff and visitors about the benefits of keeping themselves well-nourished and hydrated. Also, kindly provided by the Catering Department, on Wednesday each inpatient under the care of the Trust will receive a free bottle of water to encourage healthy hydration levels, in addition to the range of drinks they typically receive throughout the day, and all wards caring for adult inpatients will be provided with a fruit platter to promote healthy snack options and the role of food in hydration. Furthermore, the Trust’s dementia wards will host a special Nutrition and Hydration Week afternoon tea party on Wednesday for patients and their carers to reflect on their food consumptions.
Research shows that people who are eating well recover from illnesses quicker, if they are living at home have a better quality of life or if they are living in a residential setting they are more alert and enjoy the activities provided for them.
Derbyshire Healthcare understands the importance of food and its positive impacts on someone’s recovery and mental wellbeing; this was highlighted nationally in August 2014 when the Trust was recognised for providing some of the best quality hospital food in the country. Wards based at the Trust’s Radbourne Unit and Kingsway Site both received top scores of 100% for the quality of food they serve to both their patients and staff. Derbyshire Healthcare also received high scores for food choice: 89.67% at the Kingsway Site and 89.52% at the Radbourne Unit.
Steve Trenchard, Chief Executive of Derbyshire Healthcare, said: “There are around three million people at risk of malnutrition in the UK – this is an alarming figure but it’s an issue we can help to address locally by promoting good practices amongst our staff and the people who use our services.
“Here at Derbyshire Healthcare, we are committed to providing healthy food and drink options as an essential component of effective care and treatment and to our entire workforce. To demonstrate this we have pledged to continue efforts to implement protected mealtimes, improve hydration and fluid management and promote good nutrition messages within the organisation. We have also implemented findings from the Standards for Food and Drink in the NHS report, published in 2014, by reducing the amount of unhealthy food and drink options available in our coffee shops and vending machines such as full-sugar fizzy drinks and multi-packs or large sizes of chocolate, sweets and biscuits.
“I’d urge everyone to take a moment to pledge their support for this important campaign and learn more about how keeping yourselves well-nourished and hydrated can improve your lifestyle by having profound benefits on both your physical and mental health.”
For further information about Nutrition and Hydration Week 2015 and to pledge your support, please visit: www.nutritionandhydrationweek.co.uk