Introduction of mealtime volunteers in a district general hospital
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Introduction of mealtime volunteers in a district general hospital

Joanne Sneddon Deputy sister and nutrition nurse, Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester
Carolyn Best Nutrition nurse specialist, Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester

This article describes the introduction of volunteers in a small district general hospital to assist patients with their meals. Training provided to prospective volunteers, the introduction of mealtime volunteers to the wards and their effect on patients’ mealtime experience are outlined. The article also discusses issues that arose during this process, how these issues were resolved and plans to expand the service in the future.

Nursing Standard. 26, 15,37-40. doi: 10.7748/ns2011.12.26.15.37.c8871

Correspondence

carolyn.best@wehct.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review