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New picture menu for patients

Wednesday, 02 July, 2014
New picture menu for patients

A new innovative new picture food menu has been launched with help from our charity.

The menu is believed to be the first of its kind in England, and allows patients to choose their meals from pictures rather than written menus, helping to improve hydration, nutrition and aid recovery.

The idea originated from theTrust’s catering superintendent Michael Taylor, who together with nutrition nurse specialist Allison Baxter, acted on feedback from ward managers that many elderly and dementia patients would simply order whatever food was last on the menu as they found it difficult to remember other options and express their preferences.

Thanks to £500 funding from the North Tyneside charity development group, a trial of the picture menu on three wards last year showed a drastic increase in the amount of food being eaten by vulnerable elderly patients – helping to improve nutrition and the healing process.

After the success of the trial, it has now been rolled out across all three of the Trust’s general hospitals – North Tyneside, Wansbeck and Hexham.

The menus include both summer and winter choices for patients, in line with NHS guidelines, to ensure patients get the right nutrition during their stay in hospital.

Read more about the new menus here