Sometimes when you are in hospital, it is possible that you might be off your food and find it difficult to eat and drink. It is important that you continue to eat and drink as normally as possible.
If you are struggling to eat please talk to your Nurse and we will help by ordering you a smaller portion of your meal or by helping you to select one of our lighter options such as omelettes, soups, salads and sandwiches.
On our main menu some of the meal options are high in calories and these choices can be useful to choose if your appetite is poor. These choices are indicated by a “strong man” symbol (see below). Our ward staff can help you choose.
There are snacks available on the ward too. Each ward has a supply of bread with spreads and preserves as well as biscuits and a range of hot and cold drinks. Please ask a member of ward staff if you would like something in between our meal service.
During your stay in hospital, Nursing staff will carry out ‘nutritional screening’. This assessment will include finding out what you like to eat and drink, any dietary requirements as well as measuring your height and weight. This assessment sometimes referred to as malnutrition universal screening tool (MUST) allows Nursing staff to assess if you at risk of undernutrition.
Some people may have swallowing problems associated with certain illnesses or types of surgery. These can be temporary or longer term. If you have any difficulties the Speech and Language Therapist can assess you and recommend the most suitable types of food stuffs to help with your problem. These are called Texture Modified diets. There are choices on special menus suitable for anyone on a Texture Modified Diet and ward staff will help you choose the correct one for you.
For Patients who are receiving Palliative Care or End of Life Care, staff will regularly review their eating and drinking needs (this is sometimes called nutrition and hydration). Some patients may have problems with eating and drinking, or swallowing. Therefore, staff will explain and discuss the benefits and side effects of eating and drinking, with the patient, their relatives, carer or friend. You can find more information on Palliative and End of Life Care.