A simple coloured tray system has been introduced to help ensure patients are able to access appropriate levels of nutrition in Norfolk’s community hospitals.
Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust’s coloured tray system sees red trays provided to patients who need physical help when eating. Patients with a specific dietary requirement have their meals served on an orange tray, while water jugs with red lids are provided to patients that require their fluids to be monitored.
The trust’s executive nurse Loyola Weeks said: “Patients with particular nutritional needs, or those who need physical assistance eating, are invited to sign up to the coloured tray plan. Staff take patients their food on coloured trays and sit alongside them in case the patient wants some help feeding themselves.
“The member of staff then records what has been eaten and drunk on the patient’s nutritional chart. The charts are used to evaluate what has been consumed and means we can ensure patients are receiving the right levels of nutrition for their needs.”
The trust, which runs 10 community hospitals, has also introduced protected meal times.