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Join our webchat today at 4pm on improving nutrition and hydration in hospitals


You can join our webchat at 4pm today on improving nutrition and hydration on hospital wards.

Come and join us talking with Tracy Earley, nutrition nurse consultant at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Azmina Govindji, award-winning dietician and media nurtritionist for British Dietetic Association and NHS Choices; and Diane Spalding, facilities dietetic adviser at Seacroft Hospital.

  • Will new DH standards for hospital food improve patient nutrition?
  • Do red trays improve food intake?
  • Do red jugs improve hydration?
  • Will things change in the area of hydration and nutrition after the Francis report?

Find out the answers to these questions and more by joining us for next week’s webchat 19 March, 4pm.



Tuesday 19 March, 4pm

Unable to join us? Post your questions below and we’ll ask them for you.


Readers' comments (3)

  • This is the most basic of nursing care. With qualified staff overloaded with paperwork it often falls upon HCA's to feed patients, encourage fluids then document! I am amazed at the indifferent approach some of them take even when asked very politely. In my experience it is also rare that fluids are encouraged outside of meal and drinks time, again even when asked politely. I often end up doing it myself and then staying late to complete the paperwork. Can anybody help me with the answer, maybe better training?

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  • eating and drinking is so fundamental to basic human needs and survival. why does it even need trained staff to delegate this work to staff already engaged to look after patients? does it need some sort of extra training? it would seem more like compassion and understanding one's fellow human beings.

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  • Having recently completed my level 3 qualificaion in health and social care. I feel the answer is a better educated workforce.We also need to recruit the right people to the job. People who want to care for the patients in the ward setting. Unfortunatley I have to say that unless some of them are told, they are quite happy to stand around and let others take the load.The amount of times I've heard "let the band 3 do it".I have to add not from Staff Nurses but from other HCA's.

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