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New tools to improve hospital nutrition in Wales

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The Welsh Assembly is to roll-out new tools and standards for hospital nutrition.

The standards and resources have been developed by the Welsh Assembly following an expert report on enhancing the role of hospital ward sisters and improving the patient’s experience in hospitals.

The tools – the All Wales Food Record chart and a revised Intake and Output fluid balance chart – are being introduced to provide clear standards and guidance on nutrition in hospitals. They have been trialed in five NHS trusts and will now be rolled out across Wales.

Welsh health minister Edwina Hart announced the roll-out last week during a visit Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny.

An ‘e-Learning’ package is being developed and will be available by the end of the year to complement the new resources for healthcare staff which will be integrated into the NHS core training for nurses.

Ms Hart said: ‘Staff have welcomed the development of these tools which, I believe, will help them improve care for their patients.’

Chief nursing officer for Wales Rosemary Kennedy, added: ‘Good quality, nutritious food is important and helps to aid a patient’s recovery. It is good for patients to get into the habit of eating nutritious food while in hospitals.’

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  • "New tools to ensure good patient nutrition".
    I really despair, when will people realise that so much in nursing went absolutely pearshaped, when training/education moved into college. It would appear that since that time, educators have completely lost sight of the patient. It would also appear that nurses can pass exams and become registered by merely quoting research.
    They need to take a look at Mazlows heirarchy of needs. Start at the bottom and then work up. ie bottom up, not top down, as would appear to be currently happening.
    I have clocked up 40years nursing this year and am very proud to be able to offer nursing care which is second to none. I put the patient first, as I was taught, albeit the "old fashioned way". I and my contempories were drilled by a formidable ward sister together with sister tutors. Whilst nursing has moved on to encompass many additional skills, we, who are proud to be nurses and still doing our bit and combining research based practice together with good BASIC patient care.
    It is the patients fundamental right, to receive all that they need whilst within our care. They are vulnerable members of the public, whom have put their trust in us. As registered nurses, we owe them a duty of care. That care should be total. Which of course includes feeding, fluids, and a clean well presented comfortable patient.
    J Willis Rgn

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