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Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (MUST)

On admission to hospital, nursing staff will carry out an assessment called ‘nutritional screening’. This assessment will include:

  • what you like to eat and drink
  • any dietary requirements
  • measuring your height and weight

The Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (MUST) is used to identify your level of risk in relation to undernutrition. This tool will be used to monitor any weight loss during your time in hospital and will be repeated if you stay in hospital longer than 7 days.

If you are found to be at risk of undernutrition you may be referred to a Dietitian for further assessment and advice and Nursing staff will advise you to choose meal options which are higher in calories. These choices are indicated by a “strong man” symbol (see below). 

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Additional snacks will be provided to encourage you to eat as much as you are able.