Hospital Catering and Patient Nutrition

24 Mar 2011 - 9:00am

We examined whether Welsh hospitals provide efficient and effective catering services that meet recognised good practice. Our audit approach examined each of the key areas involved in the planning, delivering and monitoring of hospital catering services.

Our overall conclusion is that catering arrangements and nutritional care provided to patients have generally improved since the Audit Commission in Wales study in 2002, and patient satisfaction remains high. However, more still needs to be done to ensure recognised good practice is more widely implemented, particularly in relation to nutritional screening and care planning, and to ensure that food wastage is minimised.

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