Friday, 17 March 2017

Nutrition & Hydration week: An amazing week!

What an amazing week it has been!

We really couldn’t have imagined the effort and inspirational activities we have seen, and I am sure that everyone will be more than happy with what has been achieved.
Another 17 dining companions have been on the wards today, and the last one for the week will be on Sunday lunchtime – thank you to every single one of you, your support really is appreciated.

It is really refreshing to see how much people are talking about Nutrition and Hydration and we are sure that many ideas that have started off this week will carry on well into the future.
Ward staff have been given the chance to taste Nutritional supplements, and were on the whole pleasantly surprised – some enjoyed it far too much.

Tom, from Nottingham Trent University, brought in his ideas for a new hospital water jug onto B3.. He had several great ideas such as non-slip, better markings, safer lids and better pouring spouts. He also bought in a variety of handles to try out. Hopefully the final product will tick all the boxes. He should complete his design by May.

Many areas have been focusing on hydration, particularly getting staff to drink 8 glasses of fluid a day – could you meet the challenge?

Dietetics ended their brilliant week by celebrating with a ‘Best of British’ lunch, a very welcome treat.


Once again, we would like to thank everyone for their immense efforts, and to see the smile on patient’s faces is the best reward ever!



Nutrition & Hydration week: Thirsty Thursday

Thirsty Thursday was yet again unbelievable!

A fantastic turnout for the food tasting on D Floor restaurant at QMC, our Dieticians were very enthusiastic and ate very well!

 Items also included a raffle for a luxury afternoon tea hamper, Nutricia Clinical care (including supplement tasting)  and Health & Wellbeing  having  display’s. Free water was distributed, and the scones and Nutrition & Hydration cupcakes were very popular.    

 The feedback on the patient food tasting was great, and both staff a visitors had chance to taste dishes ranging from Roast Beef and Roast Pork to Fish in Cheese Sauce and many vegetarian options. The queue for hot puddings was understandably huge – we noted who went back for seconds! It was interesting to hear that many people were surprised that the food was really nice!

 Dining companions were again out in force, with representatives from many areas of the Trust.

 Toast cooked to order was again being offered, and this is hoped to be continued far after Nutrition & Hydration week.

Here’s to tomorrow – don’t forget to try the alternatives available for Fishy Friday in the restaurants, and look out for all the Fruity Friday activities.  


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Nutrition & Hydration week: Global Afternoon Tea

Wednesday is offering even more new ideas and nutrition and hydration themed events! We just love the ideas that are coming from every area.

With the theme of ‘Global Afternoon Tea’ there are lots of tea parties and some with themes! Lister 1 are having a Mad Hatters Tea Party while E39 are having a round the world tea party. It is world food day on Loxley.

MUST is featuring on many wards including Toghill, CICU and D55, and D10 are featuring MUST in their ‘Weight Wednesday’.

On D33 staff are doing meal time observations, and we have 12 dining companions out and about today.
Eat well Wednesday on AICU and Critical care, including fruity snack stations.

The Burns unit are having Water Wednesday, while C30 and D8 Staff are completing food and fluid charts to see what their intake is like.

And to treat yourself, please don’t forget Elior are still doing their promotional offers and give away!


Tomorrow, don’t forget that there’s a food tasting, Nutricia stand, free bottles of water, raffle and scones on D Floor, restaurant, QMC. 

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Nutrition & Hydration Week: Dining Companions

The second day arrived to find toast being cooked to order on B3 – there are still a few tweaks to be made, but the patients were really pleased to have warm toast that wasn’t waiting to be served, at the risk of going cold and soggy.

Dining companions have been busy on many wards, and are reporting back how useful and enjoyable it has been.

Again, we have seen many useful and innovative ideas to increase awareness of nutrition and hydration; these range from highlighting the use of red trays to healthy snack swaps for staff.

We did smile at the hydration challenge (people were starting to try and avoid Karen and her water tray!)

The enthusiasm we have seen is really inspiring, taking on the true spirit of the week – the MDT approach is amazing.

Our food bank collections is up and running so please bring as many items as you can. We are collecting for the Trussell Trust who run a network of over 400 foodbanks, giving emergency food and support to people in crisis across the UK, where thirteen million people live below the poverty line. In the last year they gave 1,109,309 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis.

We have been very busy Tweeting our successes and have had a great response from the Nutrition & Hydration team, making NUH a leading force in nutrition.


Tomorrow is the Global Afternoon tea party, we are really grateful to the wards who have been preparing for this, and have just taken delivery of lots of cake slices – can’t wait! 

Monday, 13 March 2017

Nutrition & Hydration week: hydration challenge, red tray rampage, and more...

It’s really amazing that as we start Nutrition & Hydration week that we are seeing such great examples of work from our wards.

The innovative ideas show that our staff are really focusing on nutrition and the smiles that we have seen this morning really reflect this.

The hydration challenge asks staff to drink a cup of water on the hour, every hour – and at the end of the shift, feedback will be sought to see if they can feel a benefit.

The ‘red tray rampage’ will see staff challenged to use the red tray to understand the importance of highlighting those patients who need help with eating.

On wards C4/5/6 they served 75 breakfasts in half an hour – ordered via the restaurant, and toast prepared on demand at ward level. Patients really enjoyed having hot toast, and the cooked breakfast really brought a smile to their faces.

It’s really great to see all staff engaging together for one common goal – getting nutrition (for both staff and patients) to the forefront of all our minds. Doctors gathering for ward round, and bringing their contribution to the cake afternoon – and that is even before their stint at Dr’s do dinners!

On a further note, we hope that we can help the further community by collecting for Foodbanks – please try and leave a donation in one of our boxes these can be found:

City campus - Christian Chapel, Junction N17 & Eatwell Cityside Restaurant

QMC Christian Chapel, ‘D’ Floor, Eatwell Restaurant D floor – (Costa)

Below are just a variety of activities that some of the wards at NUH are doing today:

Lots of areas are focusing on Mealtimes Matter, to raise the awareness and importance of mealtimes on the wards.

MUST is the focus on other areas, with information and quizzes taking place to.

On one of the children’s wards, they are making healthy food options out of Play-Doh to put on paper plates.

There are plenty of cake bakes, and cake sales taking place.

We have had 62 NUH staff volunteering to be a dining companion and go and help during meal service on the wards during the week, which is great news.

The support for the week throughout NUH has been great, Elior have promotions and offers on all week for staff and visitors to try, so it would be worth visiting the restaurants and coffee shops to see what is on offer.

Here’s to a very good week – and thank you everyone for all their hard work!

Laura Gascoigne, Project Nurse, Nursing Development

Nicola Strawther, Chief Technician, Dietetics & Nutrition

Liz Roper, Chief Technician, Dietetics & Nutrition

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