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Patients enjoy Worldwide Afternoon Tea at Hereford County Hospital

Press release – March 21 2017


Patients enjoy Worldwide Afternoon Tea at Hereford County Hospital

Patients at Hereford County Hospital took part in a Worldwide Afternoon Tea event last week to mark Nutrition and Hydration Week 2017.

Nutrition and Hydration Week 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 Thursday March 16 on wards in Hereford County Hospital, and some were served afternoon tea in Spires the restaurant at the hospital.

Sarah Harding, acting head of dietetics, said: “Worldwide Afternoon Tea is a light-hearted way to fun way to help raise 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 procedures or illnesses 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 third 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”.

To find out more about Nutrition and Hydration Week visit or visit NHS Choices healthy eating


Pic captions:

Nutrition 1:

Patient Susan Marsden and her husband, Chris, enjoy tea served up at Hereford County Hospital by Sodexo supervisor Kasia Piatek and student dietician Ciara Grimley.

Nutrition 2:

Patient Sheena Mills tucks into her afternoon tea with sister Sharon Price from the Gilwern Unit during Worldwide Afternoon Tea in Spires restaurant at Hereford County Hospital.

Notes to Editors WVT:

  • Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider of health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve.
  • 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 3,000 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.



The above should be viewed in the context of the draft Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) which was published in November 2016. It is ‘owned’ by all local health and care organisations working across Herefordshire & Worcestershire, supported by Voluntary Sector representatives.

It’s really early days and at this stage just sets out a direction of travel for the next 4/5 years. We are not consulting on the draft plan, instead through an initiative called Your Conversation we’re having a very early discussion with local people about how this sounds.


There are some STP headline priorities, which are:

  • Doing more to prevent illness and encouraging people to live healthier lives
  • Encouraging people to self-care or self-manage more of the routine aspects of their conditions
  • Improving access to GP appointments
  • Improving our community services which care for people at home, including making better use of technology
  • Changing role for Community Hospitals
  • Easier access to emergency/urgent care
  • Making our acute and specialist services more sustainable


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Contact Details

John Burnett
Communication and engagement manager
Tel: 01432 372928

Amanda Millichip
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105

Fiona Gurney
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105


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