Good nutrition and hydration are essential for positive mental and physical wellbeing.
The importance of good nutrition and hydration, in the prevention of numerous illnesses and the maintenance of physical and mental health & well-being, has long been recognised.

The role of good nutrition and hydration is an obvious, but under utilised factor, in mental health.  There is a growing body of research which indicates that foods and fluids plays an important role in the development, management and prevention of specific mental health problems.  Achieving the nutritional and hydration needs of all service users is a priority and is an integral part of effective health care.  

We have developed a Trust Nutrition & Hydration Strategy and policy, which are overseen and monitored by our Nutrition and Hydration Steering Group. You can view the policy on the policies and procedures section of YourSpace.

Nutrition and hydration for patients

For our patients, malnutrition and dehydration are a significant risk, and both contribute to significant harm. Making sure our patients get the nutrients they need from their diet supports health and can speed up recovery. 

Healthier eating for all

National obesity rates continue to rise and we are passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles amongst our staff and visitors. 

Our inpatient catering services and catering outlets aim to offer healthy food in a context of informed choice, while maintaining awareness of sustainability and environmental issues. 

Dysphagia

Dysphagia is a term used to describe swallowing disorders that may occur in the oral and/or pharyngeal stages of eating and drinking. These can arise from a wide range of neurological, structural, psychological and organic conditions including the dementias.

People with mental health and those with learning difficulties  are more at risk of experiencing swallowing problems and choking. 

For further information on dysphagia, please see the link to the dedicated page on the right hand side and below

 

Aspiration

Aspiration refers to when material or residue enters the airway and passes to the level of the vocal chords. Click here for the signs and symptoms of aspiration