Hospital staff become dining companions for Nutrition and Hydration Week

Hospital staff have served up support for Nutrition and Hydration Week in Nottingham.

Dozens of volunteers signed up to be dining companions and help serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to patients staying in hospitals and chat with them about their stay.

Louise Scull, Chair for Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, joined Caroline Shaw, the Chief Operating Officer, serving breakfast to patients at Queen’s Medical Centre.

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Louise said: “I really enjoyed the opportunity to be a dining companion again this year, it’s always a good opportunity to hear from patients about their experiences of care in the Trust.

“Nutrition and hydration play such an important role in patient recovery so I have been delighted to see so many NUH colleagues getting so enthusiastic and involved in the week’s events.”

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Nutrition and Hydration Week is a global event to highlight how food and drink is an essential part of mental and physical wellbeing.

At NUH a number of events were held including staff collecting items for local foodbanks, a hospital food tasting session for visitors and staff and drop in advice sessions too.

Staff working in the Intensive Care Unit also experienced what it was like to be immobile whilst being fed by someone to help them understand the experience of their patients.

Caroline said joining the ward team as a dining companion was a good experience.

She said: “It meant so much to have the opportunity to help and support our staff with breakfast. In particular it was wonderful to help and talk to our patients – it reminds me why I chose to work in the NHS.

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“I was able to see first-hand the fantastic care our staff give our patients”