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Leicester's Hospitals' Dietitians supporting Nutrition and Hydration Week 2017
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Press release date09/03/2017
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Leicester’s Hospitals’ Nutrition and Dietetic Service are once again actively promoting and championing the importance of good nutrition and hydration for both staff and patients in the national awareness campaign, Nutrition and Hydration Week 2017.
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The aim of the awareness week is to create a global movement to reinforce and focus energy, activity and engagement on nutrition and hydration as an important part of quality care in health and social care settings. 

Malnutrition is often under-recognised and under-treated to the detriment and cost to health care providers. Alarmingly more than 3 million people at any one time in the UK are malnourished; with around 30% of admissions to both acute hospitals and care homes are at risk when evaluated using the ‘Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool’ (‘MUST’). 

Ruth Boyce, a Senior Specialist Dietitian said, ‘as health professionals, we recognise it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure all patients have access to good nutrition and adequate hydration throughout their hospital stay. Whilst also ensuring our colleagues are equipped with the necessary knowledge and awareness to maintain a nutritionally balanced diet, to ensure they are fighting fit to care for your loved ones.’

The team has organised a series of educational, interactive and fun activities throughout the week to encourage staff and patients to get involved.  Wards across the three hospital sites will be invited to promote nutrition through a different theme picked for each day, such as ‘Big on Breakfast Monday,’ ‘Texture Modified Tuesday’ and ‘Thirsty Thursday.’ There will be interactive quizzes, videos from our dietitians and a chance for you to get involved on social media.  The team are also proud to promote the new Macmillan Colorectal Cancer Nutrition and Dietetic Service that is being offered to patients undergoing treatment.

Wednesday 15th March 2017 will see an afternoon tea celebrated around the world; this global activity endeavours to reinforce our commitment to improving nutritional care and also a chance to show off your best china set.

Photographs, videos and updates about Nutrition and Hydration week will be posted on the Dietitian team’s Twitter account - @UHL_DIETITIANS. For more information about Nutrition and Hydration week 2017, visit www.nutritionandhydrationweek.co.uk. 

Note to editor:
You can find out about exciting events happening locally and nationally by following our Dietitians on Twitter: @UHL_DIETITIANS

References: 
Brotherton, A., Simmonds, N., Stroud, M. (2010) Bapen, A Toolkit for Commissioners and Providers in England, Malnutrition Matters .  Accessed 14/2/17
http://www.bapen.org.uk/pdfs/toolkit-for-commissioners.pdf
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For media enquiries please contact:
Clare Maddison
Communications Officer
0116 258 8524
communications@uhl-tr.nhs.uk
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6302
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