Hundreds of patients at Herefordshire hospitals took part in a Worldwide Afternoon Tea event yesterday, March 16, to celebrate Nutrition and Hydration Week 2016.
Nutrition and Hydration Week, from 14 to 20 March this year, is an annual national event aimed at raising awareness of the fact that good nutrition and hydration is just as important as medication for some patients.
Patients were treated to tea and cakes on Wednesday March 16 on more than twenty wards across Hereford County Hospital, Ross, Leominster, and Bromyard Community Hospitals.
Jo Clutterbuck, dietetic manager at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “Worldwide Afternoon Tea is a fun way to get everyone involved in raising awareness of good nutrition and hydration, particularly for older people and patients with long term conditions in hospital.
“Our dietitians work closely with staff to ensure that we offer patients nutritionally balanced food choices and encourage good hydration.
“This is vital for patients who are recovering from a procedure or illness so that they have the right nutrients to help speed up their recovery. The body needs the proper nutrients to grow, heal and repair itself, which includes eating starchy foods, some milk and dairy foods, foods high in protein and fruit and vegetables as part of a well-balanced diet.
“We also advise patients to eat healthy snacks and they can also have the occasional treat, such as cakes, with a hydrating cup of tea”.
The event was hosted jointly by the Trust and its catering provider Sodexo. Tim Egleton, Sodexo operations manager for catering and retail at Hereford County Hospital, said: “It’s the second year that Sodexo has supported the Trust with Worldwide Afternoon Tea and our staff members have enjoyed taking part by providing tea and cakes for patients across hospitals in the county.
“This event is an excellent opportunity to highlight the importance of patients eating healthy at home before and after they come into hospital, as well as during their stay with us”.
Ross Community Hospital photo below: patient Eunice Farmer is served cake and a cup of tea by Sodexo staff Caroline Hutch, left, and Channon Rowles.
Hereford County Hospital photo below: Redbrook Ward patients Brian Higgins, left, and John Bray, tuck in to cake and tea served by Sodexo’s Kasia Piatek, second left, while discussing nutrition and dietary issues with WVT head of dietetics Jo Clutterbuck.
Notes to Editors WVT:
- Wye Valley NHS Trust is the provider health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve. We are the leading provider of health care in Herefordshire.
- By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
- With an estimated annual turnover of around £180 million, we employ around 2,700 plus staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.
For further information please contact: John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Fiona Gurney, Communications Officer 01432 355444 ext. 5105.