Patients who have undergone surgery on General Surgery Wards (B4 and B5) at Rotherham Hospital now have a purpose built combined dining space in which to enjoy their meals.
Nutrition has been embraced by the two wards in order to further enhance and benefit the patients’ experiences. The refurbished dining area now provides a more welcoming and social environment and it received positive comments following a recent Ward Nursing Accreditation System inspection.
Ward Managers, Samantha Burgin and Sally Short on B4 & B5 said: “The new dining area has received positive feedback from our patients. We are very proud of the wards and this new area revitalises the dining experience for our patients.”
Lavinia Newbound of Brinsworth, currently a patient on Ward B4, said: “The new dining area is pleasant and clean and gives us the opportunity to socialise with everyone. The staff are excellent and nothing is too much trouble.”
The dining room has not only improved the patient experience, it has enhanced patients’ recovery and helps to reduce the patients’ length of stay.
The dining area also plays a part in the Enhanced Recovery Programme for patients undergoing colorectal surgery on wards B4 and B5, which promotes early nutrition and early mobilisation therefore allowing patients to return to normal activities quicker. This also aides wound healing and helps to eliminate complications post operatively.
It assists in empowering the patient to have a more active involvement in their nutrition by providing fresh fruit, snacks and chilled drinks at all times throughout the day and night. The dining room also provides a discharge area helping to further improve the discharge pathway.