Higher standard of food at hospitals as new standards to be enforced

Higher standard of food at hospitals as new standards to be enforced

Higher standard of food at hospitals as new standards to be enforced

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Hospitals in England will be expected to provide a higher standard of food, with new standards, enforced through legally-binding NHS contracts, focusing on quality, choice and promoting a healthy diet for patients and staff.

The move has been welcomed by Peninsula Community Health, the community interest company which provides community-based health services and is responsible for running the 13 community hospitals throughout the county.

Saying it is already leading the way in hospital nutrition and claiming to be the first health care organisation in the UK to create a hydration lead nurse and now has a 'nutrition and hydration group'.

Naomi Campbell, hydration lead nurse, said: “We remain fully committed to improving the provision of basic hydration care and nutrition for all of our patients. We have already worked hard to not only improve perceived patient satisfaction of food, but to improve nutrition and hydration of patients generally.

“Over the past year we have started to introduce the choice of cooked breakfasts three times a week, a prepared fresh fruit plate every day and fresh cakes to increase the nutritional uptake of our patients. Our kitchens make up fresh salads and sandwiches and patients are also encouraged to ask for any additional snacks 24/7.

“To ensure patients can enjoy choosing their food we have new colourful easy to view photographic menus and have promoted the importance of protected mealtimes so patients are given the time and attention they require to eat their meals.”

Naomi added: “Hydration and nutrition is vitally important for everyone but especially to those receiving care in hospitals. We welcome the announcement by the health secretary so patients around the Country can benefit from the best practice that is already being implemented in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly."

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4:33pm Tue 2 Sep 14

victoriameldrew says...

the food also needs to look appealing. I had the misfortune to break my ankle a few years back and the food at Trelsike was awful. For instance, a baked potato with salad consisted of, surprise, surprise a baked potato, a couple of lettuce leaves, a slice or two of tomato, a slice or two of cucumber, some really odd tasting grated carrot - that was it!! A few slices of radish, perhaps some spring onion, beetroot and some sort of dressing with a little butter for the potato would have made it more edible. Also, I believe I am right in saying (correct me if I am wrong) Treliske no longer use their massive kitchen to cook for the patients - I think they are transported over from Redruth - if they are not using the on-site kitchen - why not?
the food also needs to look appealing. I had the misfortune to break my ankle a few years back and the food at Trelsike was awful. For instance, a baked potato with salad consisted of, surprise, surprise a baked potato, a couple of lettuce leaves, a slice or two of tomato, a slice or two of cucumber, some really odd tasting grated carrot - that was it!! A few slices of radish, perhaps some spring onion, beetroot and some sort of dressing with a little butter for the potato would have made it more edible. Also, I believe I am right in saying (correct me if I am wrong) Treliske no longer use their massive kitchen to cook for the patients - I think they are transported over from Redruth - if they are not using the on-site kitchen - why not? victoriameldrew
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5:18pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Gill Z Martin says...

When I was in hospital for eight weeks I used to have McDonalds and curries etc brought in for me, then others on the ward started doing the same thing. Probably would not be allowed by the hospital now. I am not saying there was anything wrong with the hospital food I just personally did not want it.
When I was in hospital for eight weeks I used to have McDonalds and curries etc brought in for me, then others on the ward started doing the same thing. Probably would not be allowed by the hospital now. I am not saying there was anything wrong with the hospital food I just personally did not want it. Gill Z Martin
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2:48am Fri 5 Sep 14

Lomond Handley says...

Victor was lucky to get a baked spud, because there weren't any left by the time they asked me what I wanted, but having said that, I felt I was lucky to be alive to be able to eat the alternative offered, but having said that, I appreciated the opportunity to talk to our Health Chief Executive recently, when I spoke to her on other matters and I'm encouraged at the new proposals, which are a start within our NHS. If they fail to work, then obviously legislation will be needed and meanwhile, I commend our NHS staff who work so hard and diligently for the patients, who are not responsible for any poor standards of food in our hospitals, as it's a top managerial failing.
Yes, of course hospital meals need improving in some hospitals and this is the responsibility of managements.
When Sir David Nicholson eventually left his post earlier this year as head of our NHS, under whose stewardship it had suffered so badly, our NHS was in a mess and it will take decades to pull it together.
The scars remain and will be in evidence for decades, because such damage doesn't disappear overnight.
Details of Sir David Nicholson's career, track record , salary and pension are on the internet and well worth studying as they are very interest and provide insight into our NHS.
The food in many hospitals needs improving and this is a start on which NHS bosses, patients and staff can and must work together to determine, plan and devise good and enjoyable food for patients, and staff.
I cannot comment on the quality of the baked spuds in hospital, as I didn't get one, but I did get an extension of my life there thanks to the superlative skills and care of the hospital doctors and nurses and I'm grateful to our Healthwatch Chief Executive who informed me that there would be news in the near future, which was true, so I hope and trust that our NHS managers will move forward on this issue.
Victor was lucky to get a baked spud, because there weren't any left by the time they asked me what I wanted, but having said that, I felt I was lucky to be alive to be able to eat the alternative offered, but having said that, I appreciated the opportunity to talk to our Health Chief Executive recently, when I spoke to her on other matters and I'm encouraged at the new proposals, which are a start within our NHS. If they fail to work, then obviously legislation will be needed and meanwhile, I commend our NHS staff who work so hard and diligently for the patients, who are not responsible for any poor standards of food in our hospitals, as it's a top managerial failing. Yes, of course hospital meals need improving in some hospitals and this is the responsibility of managements. When Sir David Nicholson eventually left his post earlier this year as head of our NHS, under whose stewardship it had suffered so badly, our NHS was in a mess and it will take decades to pull it together. The scars remain and will be in evidence for decades, because such damage doesn't disappear overnight. Details of Sir David Nicholson's career, track record , salary and pension are on the internet and well worth studying as they are very interest and provide insight into our NHS. The food in many hospitals needs improving and this is a start on which NHS bosses, patients and staff can and must work together to determine, plan and devise good and enjoyable food for patients, and staff. I cannot comment on the quality of the baked spuds in hospital, as I didn't get one, but I did get an extension of my life there thanks to the superlative skills and care of the hospital doctors and nurses and I'm grateful to our Healthwatch Chief Executive who informed me that there would be news in the near future, which was true, so I hope and trust that our NHS managers will move forward on this issue. Lomond Handley
  • Score: 2

2:51am Fri 5 Sep 14

Lomond Handley says...

Apologies for my typing errors above, I've got cataracts !
Apologies for my typing errors above, I've got cataracts ! Lomond Handley
  • Score: 2

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