St Richard’s Hospital has some smoothie success

SMOOTH From left, Michelle Harris, deputy ward sister, Lisa Gascoigne, housekeeper, Rebecca Palmer, healthcare assistant, Rachel Way, staff nurse and Sarah Brown, staff nurse
SMOOTH From left, Michelle Harris, deputy ward sister, Lisa Gascoigne, housekeeper, Rebecca Palmer, healthcare assistant, Rachel Way, staff nurse and Sarah Brown, staff nurse
From left, Terence Rierkert, Matt Chapman, Steve Kramer, Dan Deeks, Theresa Newstead, Simon Freeman and Josh Roux
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HOSPITAL patients are being helped back to health thanks to ice cream smoothies being served on the wards.

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 chose from all kinds of flavours and take the recipes home with them.

The smoothies are now being introduced to other wards at the hospital.