Staff at the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust will be marking this year’s national Nutrition and Hydration Week with a number of events around the Trust.
With around three million people in the UK at risk of malnutrition, the aim of the week is to raise awareness of the risks and promote good practices that can help prevent malnutrition and dehydration.
The focal event will be the Worldwide Afternoon Tea tomorrow, when every in-patient in one of the trust’s hospitals will be served a slice of cake alongside their usual cup of tea.
Dietitians will be holding training sessions on nutrition and end of life care at St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Eastbourne and also training staff in care and nursing homes on the importance of nutrition and hydration.
Sarah Bushell, Operational and Clinical Lead for Nutrition and Dietetics for the Trust said, “The week’s promotional events aim to help improve staff knowledge and skills in nutritional care and management alongside our routine all year round training programme.”
The Trust will be using the week to promote training in good nutritional care with a number of initiatives and challenges for staff its sites, including at the DGH.