Lunch club at Torbay Hospital

ContactSue Dolan, Cheetham Hill Ward, Torbay Hospital, South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Emailsue.dolan@nhs.net
Websitehttp://www.sdhct.nhs.uk
AddressTorbay Hospital, Lowes Bridge, Torquay, TQ2 7AA

What is being done?

A lunch club held is being held on a care of elderly medical ward at Torbay Hospital to ensure that nutrition and hydration needs are well met.

What is new and different?

Lunch club at Torbay HospitalEncouraging all patients to come down to the lounge to eat in a relaxed atmosphere. Part of the Enhanced recovery programme, the patient is encouraged to walk as part of their physiotherapy and then sit and enjoy the company of others during lunch. Carers are also invited to join lunch club and share a meal to enhance normal meal time. Meal time companions have been recruited to help facilitate Lunch Club.

Often followed by a sing song and an opportunity to reminisce as well as discuss local topics

What difference does this seem to be making?

Patients are eating better and certainly drinking more, improves the well being of the patient and not only encourages them to eat and drink more but to talk and reminisce.

Nominated for Blue Shield award and shortlisted.