CAN COOK – DOES COOK . The use of a ward based kitchen to improve patients’ appetites . The Clinical Nutrition Unit Queen’s Medical Centre , Nottingham.
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The use of a ward based kitchen to improve patients’ appetites
The Clinical Nutrition Unit is a nine bedded unit for highly dependent adult patients from all disciplines who require complex nutritional support and high dependency nursing care.
The majority receive their nutrition either via an enteral tube or via the intravenous route administered with a central venous catheter - all methods by-passing the patients’ mouth.
The kitchen is actually on the unit.
With patients ranging from 16 – 100 years, tastes are so diverse, having the ward based cook means they can be catered for with ease!Benefits:
For extra treats the special trustees were approached for a sum of money each month.
Building on patient comments, a core menu was developed.
The menu will be reviewed and updated regularly.
We needed evidence!
It was repeated 2 months after opening.
Malnourished patients are in hospital longer.
Having a ward based kitchen and cook is an innovative way to lowering costs!