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Making calories count at the RD&E this Nutrition and Hydration Week

Staff and patients at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital learnt about the importance of eating well and drinking lots when in hospital during Nutrition and Hydration Week 2017.

The national campaign, held between 13th and 19th March, is organised annually by Patient Safety First, the National Association of Care Catering and the Hospital Caterers Association.

It is the third year in a row that the hospital has supported the event with a week of activities designed to highlight the benefits of good nutrition and hydration during a period of illness or poor health.

The week included ‘Mocktail Monday’, where in-patients were treated to some tasty, nutritious (and non-alcoholic) drinks and ‘Thirsty Thursday’ to encourage them to drink more and stay hydrated. On Wednesday 15th March, the RD&E joined hospitals across the globe in celebrating with a ‘Worldwide Afternoon Tea’ by serving up over 800 cream tea’s to all in-patients to boost their calorie intake and help with their recovery.

The importance of good nutrition for staff was also on the agenda with staff being given free fruit and bottles of water during the week to highlight the importance of keeping hydrated and maintaining a healthy diet when at work.

Catherine Tancock, Nutrition and Dietetic Services Manager said: “We acknowledge that well-nourished and hydrated patients have a reduced hospital stay as they recover more quickly with fewer infections and complications. It is also our responsibility to help support our staff and visitors to choose a healthier lifestyle. A healthy workplace with fit and healthy staff enhances the patient experience and improves their clinical outcomes. Nutrition and Hydration awareness week provides us with the opportunity to promote the positive benefits of good nutrition and hydration to all.”

The fruit and cream teas were supported local suppliers by MJ Baker, Trewithen Dairy and Illfracombe foods, F.Milford & Sons LTD and Frank Mann whilst the taster trolley in the Oasis restaurant was provided by Apetito.


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