Elderly QA patients take high tea to stop weight loss

TASTY TREAT Edna Middleton, 90, from Portsmouth, enjoying high tea on G1 ward at QA Hospital. Picture: Steve Reid (123034-819)

TASTY TREAT Edna Middleton, 90, from Portsmouth, enjoying high tea on G1 ward at QA Hospital. Picture: Steve Reid (123034-819)

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FINGER food in the form of high tea is being given to elderly patients as a trial at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

Clinicians became concerned pensioners in the G2 and G3 wards were not eating their second hot dinner as they may have forgotten what they had ordered, or have difficulty using cutlery.

A three-month pilot has been introduced where older patients are being offered a choice of sandwiches, pork pies, sausage rolls, a mug of soup, cake and ice cream between 5pm and 5.45pm each day.

It is hoped their calorie intake will increase.

Dr Denise Thomas, head of nutrition and dietetic, said: ‘We will be monitoring the situation to see if patients are eating more.

‘Hopefully they will because they can pick the food they want and have it straight away and eat with their hands.’

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