STAFF on a Bridlington Hospital ward have introduced a new menu offering greater choice to patients on soft food diets.
Healthcare assistants on Warters Ward noticed that patients on soft food diets were not offered as wide a choice of meals as other patients and, as a result, were often eating the same food every day.
Ward staff approached Ken Brown, head chef at the hospital, and together they developed a new menu which aims to cater for individual needs and ensure that taste is not compromised.
Warters Ward cares for patients who are being rehabilitated following strokes, many of whom are on a soft food or pureed diet.
The new menu card is white, a contrasting colour to other menus, so chefs instantly know that the food has to be pureed.
Healthcare assistant Stephanie Fairest said: “Our patients eat their meals in the day room and it is very much a social activity and a big part of their rehabilitation.
“It is great to see them enjoying their meals again.”
The new menu has been positively received by patients, and staff have also noticed less waste since its introduction.