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Healthcare

Patient Nutrition

Nourishing our bodies with the right foods can transform not only how we feel physically, but mentally too.

When we eat well, we feel better

Food plays a vital role in assisting recovery and maintaining health and wellbeing. Our patient dining service supports improved clinical outcomes and experience, while keeping operational costs down.

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How we work

  • Our menus are designed by healthcare dietitians and are clinically led and evidence-based with supporting nutritional analysis and allergen data.
  • Our menus are regulatory compliant including to national standards: PLACE, CQC, SALT, Hospital Food Standards Panel, Gov Buying Standards for Food, British Dietetic Association Digest and IDDSI guidelines.
  • We provide a range of meals to suit everyone’s needs, from traditional range menus to the Vive! plated selection and prestige menus.
  • We have specific menus designed for distinct patient cohorts, including paediatric, care of the elderly, mental health, and maternity.
  • We offer allergen aware digital meal ordering for healthcare teams through the Saffron platform. This solution improves patient experience, efficiency and reduces food wastage within healthcare catering operations through real-time, more accurate information.

Our product range

We’re proud to provide a flexible and comprehensive range of products that meet patients’ diverse nutritional demands, supplying nutritionally balanced, quality meals across a variety of ranges, including for cultural and religious dietary needs.

 

A frozen and chilled traditional food range for longer stay patients allowing for more menu flexibility, a variety of portion sizes and choice in selection of meal components. Elderly care and mental health wards can all benefit from a service based on this range. Traditional range meals come packed and ready to use in foil containers and sealed with a food-grade card lid.

 

The Vive! Range, our fast-growing range of pre-prepared, plated meals, offers convenient, high quality meals, whilst delivering cost effective, steam pressure cooked meals. We have improved recipes by reducing salt and saturated fats; further widening the range of dietary requirements we meet.

 

Vive! Petite was designed in conjunction with a paediatric dietitian to contribute positively to the nutritional intake of children. They can also be used in other ward locations such as dementia, or our finger-foods menu, where eating “little and often” is preferable for the patient and in “out of hours” scenarios.

 

Our speacialist UK supplier can provide International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) guideline compliant texture modified meals.

 

We provide a range of composite meal finger food options successfully implemented at hospitals throughout the UK. These products have proven popular in ward scenarios such as paediatrics, dementia, stroke and trauma.

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Our training commitment

All our dining team members are trained to 12 service standards. The training modules cover meal presentation and ward-based services and include topics such as texture modified diets, meal presentation, healthy eating and importance of hydration.

We have developed a specific diet and education module in patient nutrition which focuses on different types of diets and the implications it has on patient meal choices.

Our head dietitian has created a new tool to ensure our staff are well informed and understand the different diets we see in healthcare settings and why patients need to follow them to aid recovery and better their health.

Improving outcomes

Every day we aid patient recovery through nutrition.

 

We work by the side of our clients to improve outcomes across their food service requirements, including; patient experience, CQC inpatient survey scores for quality and choice, annual PLACE scores and CQC feedback.

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