NHS TAYSIDE is looking for patients’ opinions on the food and drink it provides throughout its area.
The public consultation follows and event held in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, attended by members of the Public Partner Network which consists of patient groups, organisations and individual members of the public who have an interest in health.
Participants heard from Dr Drew Walker, the health authority’s director of public health, who explained the journey taken by NHS Tayside to improve food and fluid in the region’s hospitals. They also took part in discussion groups where nurses, caterers and dietitians explained continuing initiatives to improve patient information and provide equipment to help patients with eating and drinking. The proposed new menu for NHS Tayside was also discussed.
Some of the food available to patients was also sampled during a tasting session.
Dr Walker said: “We all know how important it is that hospital food and fluids are as nutritious and palatable as possible. NHS Tayside has made huge changes to the food and fluid offered to our patients over the past number of years, but we know that there is still room for improvement.
“People can also have their say with our online consultation on the Your NHS Tayside website. Public and patient feedback can make a difference to the way we deliver services in the future.”
The survey can be completed online at www.yournhstayside.scot.nhs.uk and can be found under ‘Consultations’. Paper copies can also be requested by contacting the Tayside Nutrition Managed Clinical Network on 01382 740074.