31st January 2012
Jan wins competition to improve patient care
A nurse has won a prize for coming up with an idea to improve hydration for patients.
Jan Vanstone, Hospital Intervention Team (HIT) Nurse at Eastbourne DGH, was the winner of a competition to staff as part of national Nutrition and Hydration Week.
Her idea involved smaller water jugs being introduced to make it
easier for elderly and frail patients to use when refilling their
glasses. The smaller jugs would also mean the water is refreshed more
The competition asked staff for practical ways for nutrition and hydration to be improved for patients in hospital.
It was part of a week focusing on good nutrition and hydration, as well as patient safety.
Lucinda Silva, Lead Dietitian in Nutrition Support, said: “Nutrition
and hydration plays a vital role in recovery from illness and
operations. That is why the Trust takes nutrition and hydration very
seriously and why we are constantly trying to improve ways in which
patients can gain good nutritional support.”