Peterhead patients take time out for tea

L to R - Nurses Caroline McLean, Jenna Hazzard, Lindy Buchanlee & Gail Jameison with patient Agnes Fulton
L to R - Nurses Caroline McLean, Jenna Hazzard, Lindy Buchanlee & Gail Jameison with patient Agnes Fulton

As part of Nutrition and Hydration Awareness week, NHS Grampian took part in the Worldwide Afternoon Tea on Wednesday, March 18.

Macleans (Forres Bakery) supplied cakes for all wards in Grampian to mark the occasion for patients to enjoy as part of their afternoon tea, and those at Peterhead Hospital joined in the fun.

Jane Ewen, nurse consultant in nutritional care said: “The mission of Nutrition and Hydration Awareness week is to reinforce and focus, on nutrition and hydration as an important part of quality care and everyone has a part to play in this.

“Food, fluid and nutrition are fundamental to health and wellbeing, and therefore to quality and safety in healthcare.

“Ensuring good nutrition and hydration is not only vitally important to help aid a patient’s recovery, but also in everyday home life.”

Water is essential to health, and is one of the six basic nutrients, but is often overlooked.

To stay healthy, it’s important to replace the fluid lost. Fluid comes from both food but mostly from drinks. It is recommended that women should drink about 1.6 litres of fluid and men should drink about 2.0 litres of fluid per day.

That’s about eight glasses of 200ml each for a woman, and 10 glasses of 200ml each for a man.