Menu-less meals at Great Western Hospital, Swindon

ContactKaren Braid, Project Lead, Productive Ward Project, Great Western Hospital, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
AddressGreat Western Hospital, Marlborough Road, Swindon, SN3 6BB

What is being done?

Great Western Hospital in Swindon has introduced an alternative system for patients to select food rather than choosing from a menu, improving nutrition for people with dementia.

What is new and different?

  • A heated trolley filled with a wide variety of foods suitable to a range of tastes is taken around the ward. Patients can choose their meal or snack based on sight, smell and size.
  • Special diets can be catered for and specific items ordered.
  • This is supported by use of red trays to identify those people requiring assistance with eating and drinking. Picture menus have also been introduced.

What difference this seems to be making

The ward manager on Jupiter ward has reported that the system is much more suitable than advance ordering as individuals can make a choice based on what they fancy there and then with the sensory stimulation of the food in front of them, and according to  their mood and their state of wellness and at a time that suits them. The food keeps hot and appears attractive.