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.’