Afternoon tea and nostalgia on the wards

Patients Peter Carass, George Frampton and John Keilly enjoy afternoon tea with Margaret McCourt, a member of Whitby Hospital's catering team, looking on.
Patients Peter Carass, George Frampton and John Keilly enjoy afternoon tea with Margaret McCourt, a member of Whitby Hospital's catering team, looking on.
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Patients at Whitby Hospital enjoyed tea and cake, accompanied by a trip down memory lane, thanks to staff and volunteers from a local history group.

The hospital organised the event to celebrate Worldwide Afternoon Tea, part of Nutrition and Hydration Week.

The campaign highlights the important work done by the NHS to improve nutritional intake in its patients.

Members of Whitby Memories, a group that encourages people to view and share old pictures on Facebook, gave a presentation and spent time reminiscing and swapping memories with patients from the local area.

Sue Marsay, hotel services manager at Whitby Hospital, said: “It was a lovely way to get people to think about a very important issue. When you are in hospital food and drink is vital medicine and mealtimes are often the main focus of your day.

“Ensuring good nutrition and hydration is a fundamental part of caring properly for our patients. Poor nutrition and hydration leads to poor health, increased and prolonged hospital admissions, and more cost to the NHS.

“We want to raise awareness of how important good nutrition and hydration is with this national campaign. However it doesn’t stop there – it is something we are committed to for 52 weeks of the year both in our hospitals and out in the community.

“We are always looking at ways to improve patient care.”