A report on meal times at Northwick Park Hospital Summary, Brent

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4 visits on 2 wards at 2 different meal times during November 2016 and consisted of 2 phrases: an observation followed by a questionnaire. 140 observations made and 52 patients, carers or relatives completed the questionnaire. Recommendations: • Temperature control of food served • Food contamination when using food probe • Reinforce the protected mealtime policy and clarity when meals have been completed for clearing up • Review and enforce the consistency of approach for the Red Tray procedure across all wards • Ward nurse in charge to actively supervise mealtimes • Availability of staff to assist (sitting, eating and trolley tables accessible) and to engage with patients using appropriate communication methods • Hand hygiene before and after eating • Documenting and monitoring food consumed by all patients consistently • Improve the range and quality of Asian, vegetarian and Halal food choices • Clarity serving of toast at breakfast, half portion options, choice of menus and accessible to all • Trained volunteers to assist at mealtimes.

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Report title 
A report on meal times at Northwick Park Hospital Summary, Brent
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Brent
Date of publication 
Wednesday, 4 January, 2017
Date evidence capture began 
Friday, 11 November, 2016
Date evidence capture finished 
Friday, 11 November, 2016
Type of report 
Enter and view
Key themes 
Cleanliness hygiene and infection control
Complaints procedure
Food and nutrition
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Primary research method used 
How was the information collected? 
Visit to provider
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Secondary care services 
Acute services with overnight beds
Inpatient care
Nutrition and dietetics

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Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
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Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Yes action has been taken or promised
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
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Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.