17 March 2017
Staff at Shropshire’s two acute hospitals have been marking Nutrition and Hydration Week by educating people about the importance of a good diet.
With around three million people in the UK at risk of malnutrition, the aim of the week (March 13-17) is to raise awareness of the risks and promote good practices that can help prevent malnutrition and dehydration.
The focal event at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, which runs the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, was an awareness stand for patients, staff and visitors to learn about the importance of keeping hydrated.
Emily Davies, Speech and Language Therapist, said: “The aim of the stand was to raise awareness regarding swallowing difficulties and the impact that they can have on nutrition and hydration.
“As part of the Trust’s vision to be the safest and kindest organisation in the NHS we held the awareness event as we are committed to focusing energy, activity and engagement on nutrition and hydration as an important part of quality and safety in a health care setting.”
Nutrition and Hydration Week aims to highlight, promote and celebrate improvements in the provision of nutrition and hydration locally, nationally and globally.