Trust promotes the importance of nutrition and hydration

Grace Cooper (left) and Sally Thompson (right) speak to a patient at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

The Trust took part in the first UK Malnutrition Awareness Week recently.

It was the result of a national collaboration between the British Association of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN) and the Malnutrition Task Force (MTF) and was designed to raise awareness of the malnutrition and dehydration in the UK.

Statistics show that one in 10 people aged over 65 in the UK (1.3 million) is malnourished or at risk of malnutrition.

One third (32%) of people aged 65 years or over are also at risk of malnutrition on admission to hospital.

Fifty per cent of people admitted to hospital from care homes were at risk of malnutrition.

To help members of the Trust workforce understand the risk factors, the signs and symptoms and impact of malnutrition, the Dietetic and Speech and Language Adult Therapy teams delivered training to the workforce and had conversations with ward staff to promote the week.

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