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On the hospital menu: memories of comfort food to whet inpatients’ appetites

How a trust wants to make mealtimes more palatable by offering patients food from childhood
Cerys Parfitt serves a memory meal to a patient

How a trust wants to make mealtimes more palatable by offering patients food from childhood

Stimulating the appetites of acute inpatients with food that is appealing, nutritious and affordable is a famously difficult task in the NHS.

But one hospital trust is managing to achieve plaudits for its meals and in turn, reduce food waste by employing what looks like a huge dollop of common sense.

60%

of older inpatients experience functional decline during hospital stay

Source: Bapen

Lets give patients what they want to eat

Staff at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust decided to ask patients directly what dishes they considered to be the comfort food of their childhood. The thinking was simple: if people are

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