Hospitals get nutrition message home with afternoon tea

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Afternoon tea has been served in hospitals to tempt patients who need extra support to eat.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust is taking part in a national initiative to mark Nutrition and Hydration Week.

It aims to promote good nutritional care in hospitals and healthcare settings and raise awareness of why good nutrition is important in aiding health and recovery.

Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital, Lincoln County Hospital and Grantham and District Hospital will each have stands offering information.

There will also be information about the Trust’s protected mealtimes – dedicated periods of time in which all non-essential activities and tasks on wards are stopped.

This is to ensure that staff are available to carry out mealtime service and give patients who require extra support the individual assistance and encouragement they need to eat.

Yesterday at 3pm, across all sites, afternoon tea was served to patients.

Trust lead dietitian Katherine Green said: “Good nutrition plays an important role in the effective care of patients. Our catering teams work very hard to ensure that all of our patients receive a healthy and nutritious meal which will aid in the healing process.”