As part of the worldwide Nutrition and Hydration Week
2015 starting Monday 16 March, new meal menus, developed for and by
patients and staff, are being launched across hospital sites in
County Durham and Darlington.
In consultation with patients and staff, the new lunch and
evening meal menus have been carefully developed to provide
healthy, balanced and varied meal options. With the majority of
ingredients sourced locally, all meals are freshly produced on site
in the Darlington Memorial Hospital kitchens, and delivered daily
to the Trust's hospitals across the county.
Alison McCree, associate director of facilities for County
Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, said, "Good nutritious
food and regular drinks are an important part of patient care,
recovery and experience, and these new menus have been developed to
meet patient needs. We've listened to patient and staff feedback,
and will continue to improve our standards and services."
Nutrition and Hydration Week 2015 is a collaboration between the
Hospital Caterers Association (HCA), National Association of Care
Catering (NACC) and the NHS Patient Safety First initiative, and
involves health, care and catering organisations across the
On Wednesday 18 March, the Trust is hosting an afternoon tea
party in Hollies restaurant at Darlington Memorial Hospital in
partnership with Age Concern, and will also be serving cream scones
and a cup of tea to all of our patients across all of our
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital