Events to Support Nutrition and Hydration Week

5 March 2020 4:08pm

Events are being organised by NHS Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to support Nutrition and Hydration Week.

Snacky Tuesday, Swallow Awareness Day and Fruity Friday are just some of the events planned for the Nutrition and Hydration Week which runs from Monday, 16 March, to Sunday, 22 March.

The CCGs are collaborating with their health partners this year in supporting the week-long programme of events, which highlight the importance of nutrition and hydration in reducing avoidable health conditions associated with poor nutrition and hydration. 

Facts on nutrition and hydration include:

  • Dehydration increases the risk of some infections, reducing the flow of blood to the kidneys causing acute kidney injury and infection. Urinary tract infections are the most common cause of E. coli infections and lead to the highest number of deaths due to the prevalence of these infections. Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids is key to reducing a patient’s chance of having a urine infection.
  • Malnutrition is a major public health issue costing the NHS over £19 billion per year in England alone. There are approximately three million people in the UK who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition; 93% are living in their own home, 5% are living in care homes and just 2% are in hospital.

This event has now been cancelled: On Fruity Friday, dietitians and Jenny Bate, a specialist nurse for the CCGs, will be on hand at Tesco Battlefield, Shrewsbury, to promote nutrition and hydration. You are more than welcome to pop along to their stand and ask about dietary and nutritional. They will be there from 10am-3pm and free fruit will also be handed out.

There are also going to be tea parties across Shropshire and Telford Care homes, Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust (SaTH), Shropshire Community Health Trust, community hospitals and Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH).

Wendy Ballard, Dietitian for both CCGs, said: “We are all aware of the consequences of poor nutrition and hydration.  Proper nutrition and hydration is at the centre of preventing conditions such as, frailty and falls, Urinary Tract Infections, risk of infection, poor wound healing.” 

Jenny Bate, Infection Prevention and Control Nurse Specialist, said: “By providing good nutrition and hydration we are not only improving the health and wellbeing of our patients we are also helping to lessen the burden of escalating cost as a result of disease related malnutrition and dehydration.”

For further information on nutrition and hydration please see https://www.shropshireccg.nhs.uk/health-advice/hydration/

The programme of events for the week is:

Monday:  Mealtime Monday supporting protected mealtimes in Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH), Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) and RJAH

Snacky Tuesday:  Highlighting the value that snacks can contribute to overall nutrition

Wednesday: Swallow Awareness Day and The Global Tea Party

Thirsty Thursday:  Events to highlight the importance to look after themselves and make sure they are hydrated to our staff in RSH, PRH and RJAH 

Fruity Friday: There will be stands offering free fruit in various areas around Shropshire as well as RSH, PRH and RJAH.