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Medirest and WhiteOaks support Nutrition and Hydration Week

As part of Nutrition and Hydration Week (17 – 23 March), Compass Group UK & Ireland’s healthcare businesses, WhiteOaks and Medirest, are raising awareness about the importance of eating healthily and keeping hydrated.

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Compass Group news team
Monday 17 March 2014

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Throughout the week, a range of activities will be taking place up and down the country at sites where Medirest and WhiteOaks provide services. Medirest teams across more than 15 sites will be holding tea parties to celebrate the week and encourage patients and visitors alike to keep hydrated, whilst other teams will be hosting a range of activities, from fairs to food-tasting events, to promote the initiative.

All 45 care homes WhiteOaks operates in will be taking part in the National Tea Party on Wednesday 19 March to promote hydration amongst the 2,000 care home residents that they cater for. In addition, WhiteOaks managers and chefs have also attended additional nutrition and hydration training sessions led by Nicky Martin, Head of Nutrition at Compass Group UK & Ireland, highlighting the importance of nutrition and hydration when catering for elderly residents. 

Speaking of Nutrition and Hydration Week, Maxine Cartz, lead Dietitian for healthcare at Compass Group UK & Ireland, commented: “This is a really important week in the calendar and something we’re really keen to promote across hospitals and care homes. As well as raising awareness about the importance of eating healthily and keeping hydrated, we’re giving our front-line teams all the training they need to cater for both vulnerable and elderly patients and residents, whilst encouraging people to drink throughout the day – not just at meal times.”

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For more information on Compass Group UK & Ireland:
Luke Hanley, Compass Group UK & Ireland
Tel: 01895 554462 / Mob:  07917790040
Email: luke.hanley@compass-group.co.uk

About Nutrition and Hydration Week
Nutrition and Hydration Week 2014 is a collaboration between Hospital Caterers Association, National Association of care Catering and Patient Safety First. Their mission is to create a global movement that will reinforce and focus, energy, activity and engagement on nutrition and hydration as an important part of quality care, experience and safety improvement in health and social care settings.