NHS Forth Valley recognises that eating good food is key to improving health & wellbeing of patients in hospital. Patients who Eat Well,Get Well more quickly and Stay Well with fewer hospital admissions. Download the leaflet for more information.
The NHS Forth Valley’s Food, Fluid & Nutritional Care policy aims to promote a climate and environment that supports optimum nutrition for all in-patients.
NHS Forth Valley Catering Services provide over 3000 patient meals per day. A significant proportion of patients have special dietary needs which are catered for.
As part of your initial assessment on admission to hospital you can expect to be screened for your risk of malnutrition. This involves recording of your height & weight. Patients found to be at risk of malnutrition will be referred to our team of dietitians for further assessment & advice.
Mealtimes should provide people with adequate nutrition as well as an opportunity to socialise.
Times are as follows:
|Lunch||from 12 noon|
|Supper meal||from 5.00pm|
Because we understand that eating good food is key to improving your health and well being NHS Forth Valley has implemented a Protecting and Managing Patient Mealtimes Policy.
All our wards operate a protected mealtime service.
Non-essential ward based activity ceases wherever possible
- to minimise interruptions to your meal
- to allow nurses to focus on assisting people with their meal
- to make mealtimes an enjoyable experience.
The times of the “protected period” differ slightly between wards and are displayed in each ward area.
We would appreciate if visitors could avoid telephoning at mealtimes unless otherwise advised by nursing staff.
NHS Forth Valley acknowledge that when a family member is in hospital it can be a very stressful time and it is important for families to be close and support each other during hospital admission.
We recognise that being together at mealtimes is an important social activity. Visitors can offer reassurance, motivation and assist their family member at mealtimes, all of which positively impact on the amount of food consumed. They can however potentially adversely impact on mealtimes if they disturb the calm environment or their presence influences the privacy and dignity of their relative or other patients around mealtimes.
In most instances it will be appropriate for close family (maximum of 2) to be present over mealtime, however they should not actively be involved in assisting a patient without prior discussion with the Senior Charge Nurse, and agreement from the patient where possible.
It is recognised that the presence of any visitors in a ward area can be off putting where dignity of the patient is concerned (including the patient’s own visitors). This is particularly true when full assistance is required. Some people feel reluctant to eat when others are not eating.
It is therefore at the Senior Charge Nurse’s discretion whether visitors are permitted during mealtimes depending on clinical need in their area. There will be occasions when visitors may be asked to leave the ward for short periods to ensure mealtimes are not disturbed and for patient safety.