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  • Nutrition and hydration in a hospice - Developing and sustaining good practice

    St Catherine’s Hospice, Malthouse Road, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 6BH. Registered charity number 281362 and as a Company in England no. 1525404.

    tracey Finlayson-green, Senior Staff Nursekaren newman, Health Care Assistantlaura Myers, Lecturer Practitioner at St Catherine’s Hospice


    Following the Francis report, which highlighted that nutrition and hydration are vitally important to patient wellbeing and comfort, St Catherine’s Hospice embarked on a journey to ensure optimal nutritional care for patients.

    The Help the Hospice audit and CQC (Care Quality Commission) also outline the need for optimal nutritional care.


    • To provide optimal nutritional care• Enhancing the quality of life of our patients• Reducing harm to patients from malnutrition

    and dehydration.

    what we dId

    • Established link nurses• Set up study days for colleagues• Taught colleagues key practices• Established a support network with

    nutritional specialists

    • Audited nutritional care on the Inpatient Unit• Instituted protected meal times.


    • Good feedback from colleagues on learning opportunities

    • Increased colleagues’ knowledge around nutrition

    • Improved communications between departments, particularly between Day Hospice and the Catering Team

    • Patients and families were aware that they could access food around the clock.

    t: 01293 447333

    stcatherineshospicecrawley @stchospice

    For more information contact:

    Tracey Finlayson-Green or Karen Newman on: 01293 447333

    MoVIng Forward

    • Continue to support colleagues to understand the need for better documentation.

    what we dId well

    audit results of the Inpatient unit showed 100% compliance in the following areas:

    • nutritional screening was undertaken on admission

    • data on dietary intolerance was collected• nutritional care plans were in place• care plan advice was followed and

    regularly reviewed.