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Hospital’s youngest patients get involved with their nutrition

Dietitians and catering staff at Worcestershire Royal Hospital held a hands-on food-fun session on Riverbank children’s ward, as part of Nutrition and Hydration Week, 16 to 22 March 2015.

The hospital’s youngest patients were encouraged to get hands-on with their food during a cake decorating session on Tuesday 17 March. The hospital’s catering team was on hand to help children have fun and learn to enjoy their food.

Dietitians also prepared fun and easy recipes for the children to take home to help them keep up their interest in food.

Dietitian Emily Russell said “When children are poorly, their appetite is often the first thing to diminish. Good nutrition is vital for their recovery and this session was a great way to involve them more in what they are eating.

“Eating only a limited diet or not getting enough food can lead to malnutrition and further complications with their illness. Encouraging children to get more involved in what they are eating will help them continue healthy habits in later life.”

Nutrition and Hydration Week aims to promote nutrition and hydration as an important part of quality care in health care settings. Other events being held across the hospital include a ‘Come Dine With Me’ taste testing session in the hospital restaurant.

Emily continued “A key part of our role is to ensure our patients receive the right nutrients during their stay in hospital, to help them get back on their feet as soon as possible.

“This awareness week gives us a great opportunity to speak to patients and their families about their diets and work with them to improve their nutrition and hydration.

“We will also be reaching out to other hospital staff, offering them additional training and techniques for identifying patients at risk of poor hydration or malnutrition. It is vital that these patients are identified so we are able to provide them the best possible care and support.”

Find out more at www.nutritionandhydrationweek.co.uk

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