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Cornish Hospital Food Under Fire

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:04am 28th September 2014 (Updated 11:39am 30th September 2014)

Cornwall's worst hospital food is being revealed.

Fowey, Falmouth and St Barnabas in Saltash have been ranked bottom of a new league table.

Bosses say they will learn lessons after the data was published on the NHS Choices website.

Dianne Jeffrey is from Age UK and tells us new rules are coming in: "One of the standards that we are mandating is that everybody must be screened for malnutrition. After all, one in four patients arriving in hospital is at risk of malnutrition."

But Alex Jackson from the Campaign for Better Hospital Food wants tougher rules: "The standards being advocated by the government are weak; they reflect what's already really being done in hospitals. We wanted ambitious standards to stretch hospitals and to push them towards really improving patient meals."

The West Cornwall and Duchy hospital came out top.

Helen Newson, Director of Nursing from Peninsula Community Health, which runs Fowey, Falmouth and St Barnabas hospitals said: "Hydration and nutrition is vitally important for everyone, but especially to those receiving care in hospitals.
 
"We welcome the results of the new league table and are proud to achieve an over 90% score on food choice and between 80% and 100% on food quality across the majority of our 13 hospitals in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
 
"Peninsula Community Health is undertaking a great deal of work in the area of hospital nutrition and we are the very first healthcare organisation in the UK to create a Hydration Lead Nurse and have a highly motivated Nutrition and Hydration Group. Over the past year we have introduced a choice of cooked breakfasts three times a week, a prepared fresh fruit plate every day and fresh cakes to increase the nutritional uptake of our patients. We will continue to work to improve the quality of food for our patients particularly in those units who did not achieve the 80%".

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