Hydration Awareness Week helps patients and staff through the heatwave

Salvatore Pinna, catering manager (right), pours a refreshing drink for Kelly Thackwray, healthcare assistant (left)

From 15-19 July it was Hydration Awareness Week at Crimple House. Patients in the inpatient unit and day therapy unit, as well as staff and visitors, were treated to a new range of refreshing and nutritious concoctions devised by our innovative catering team.

Some of the drinks enjoyed during the beginning of the July heatwave included pomegranate and elderflower, strawberry lemonade, pineapple smoothies, and ginger and lemongrass.

The idea for Hydration Awareness Week came from healthcare assistant manager Jaimie Watson. Jaimie recently attended an infection prevention and control conference in Harrogate, where she learned about the role that hydration plays in helping to prevent infections.

Head of inpatient services Kathy Newbould said, “Hydration is really important for promoting wellbeing. As well as helping prevent patients from contracting infections it can help joints, skin tone, digestion, and even improve sleep.

“The drinks that the catering team have added to the menu are a great way to help patients stay hydrated whilst enjoying some great taste experiences.”

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