A number of events were held by East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust to mark national Nutrition and Hydration Week last week.
With around three million people in the UK at risk of malnutrition, the aim of the week was to raise awareness and promote good practices helping to prevent malnutrition and dehydration. The focal event was the Worldwide Afternoon Tea on Wednesday March 18 when every in-patient in one of the Trust’s seven hospitals, including at the DGH, was served a slice of cake or biscuits alongside their usual cup of tea.
The Trust used the week to promote training in good nutritional care with a number of initiatives and challenges for staff. Dietitians held training sessions on nutrition and end of life care at St Michael’s Hospice in Hastings and St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Eastbourne and also gave training to staff in care and nursing homes on the importance of nutrition and hydration in preventing and treating pressure ulcers.