Patients put in picture about meals

Catering superintendent Michael Taylor joined forces with nutritional nurse specialist Alison Baxter to produce a mouth-watering visual menu booklet.
Catering superintendent Michael Taylor joined forces with nutritional nurse specialist Alison Baxter to produce a mouth-watering visual menu booklet.
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A PICTORIAL menu tried out at North Tyneside General Hospital to help patients choose the right meals has proved such a hit that it’s now going to be used at other hospitals too.

Catering superintendent Michael Taylor joined forces with nutritional nurse specialist Alison Baxter to produce the visual menu booklet for the North Shields hospital.

Paid for with £5,000 worth of funding from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust’s charity fund, the booklet enables patients to make the best food choices available to help in their recovery.

Michael, pictured, said: “NHS guidelines advise us to offer patients nutritional support by the safest, simplest, most effective route, and that’s exactly what we did, giving our patients the glossy book with large pictures of the food on offer.

“Not only can our patients identify the food they prefer more easily but ward staff tell us that it can stimulate their appetites.”

Alison added: “This will make a real difference and can save lives.

“Most of our patients are elderly and have conditions that are physical or cognitive or both, so anything that helps them to eat well is worth trying.

“We are now planning to get our book into Hexham and Wansbeck general hospitals to help patients choose the food they like and enjoy.”