August 2011 - Service with a smile

Michelle Harris, Deputy Ward Sister, Lisa Gascoigne, Housekeeper, Rebecca Palmer, Healthcare Assistant, Rachel Way, Staff Nurse and Sarah Brown, Staff Nurse.
Michelle Harris, Deputy Ward Sister, Lisa Gascoigne, Housekeeper, Rebecca Palmer, Healthcare Assistant, Rachel Way, Staff Nurse and Sarah Brown, Staff Nurse.
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Hospital patients are receiving an extra smooth treatment to help them get back to health.

Nurses at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester are succeeding in getting frail patients to take in vital calories, protein and other nutrients through their own

smoothie range whipped up in the ward kitchen.

Michelle Harris, deputy ward sister on the Ashling ward, said: ‘We could see there was a problem, and that a lot of patients weren’t drinking their special drinks.

‘We knew that the one food which always goes down well was ice cream, so all of our team got everyone involved and got a bit creative.’

The drinks contain a prescription yoghurt called Fortisip.

Patients can choose from all kinds of flavours and take the recipes home with them.

The smoothies have become so popular that they are now being introduced to other wards at the hospital.