On Wednesday, RCH participated in the ‘World Afternoon Tea event’ and served all our patients a cream tea! Other events included a Break Time quiz and the opportunity to sample food provided to patients by Cornwall Food.The effects of malnutrition and poor hydration are widely seen in healthcare, over a quarter of patients admitted to hospital will be at risk of malnutrition and 70% will leave lighter than when they came in. In 2011-2012 it was estimated the effects of malnutrition across all ages cost 19.6 billion pounds.
Nutrition and hydration week offers an opportunity for staff in all areas to help recognise those at risk and act. Recognising and treating malnutrition can reduce complications, length of stay, readmission and mortality.