Tea party’s ample food for thought

Staff at Christopher Home eye hospital at Wigan Infirmary are pictured during their Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Staff at Christopher Home eye hospital at Wigan Infirmary are pictured during their Mad Hatter's Tea Party
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A MAD Hatter’s tea party was held at Wigan Infirmary as part of a campaign promoting healthy eating and drinking for patients.

National Nutrition and Hydration Week aimed to raise awareness that these basics are essential to physical and psychological wellbeing.

The trust’s Alice-style party had a range of interesting foods to try and a nutrition and hydration market place with information stalls for both staff and the public.

Hospital bosses helped out with the snack trolley, aiding patients who needed help with their meals and shadowing dieticians/speech and language therapists.

Director of nursing Pauline Jones said: “We are introducing a red card system to enforce the importance of uninterrupted meal times. This allows our patients to enjoy their meals and receive support should they need it, without being disturbed by non-urgent activity.

“The red card is issued to staff who interrupt protected meal times on the wards. It asks that they take a moment to consider whether they really need to visit the ward at meal times and explains it is important for patients to be able to eat in a calm relaxed environment.”