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Red Tray Initiative at University Hospital Galway

University Hospital Galway has recently implemented the Red Tray initiative to ensure that patients who may need additional assistance and support from staff at mealtimes are clearly identified as their meals are served on red trays.

June Barrett, Senior Dietitian at UHG said, “The red trays are used as a visible indicator of vulnerable patients who need help and support during meal time. Patients who have a red tray will be given encouragement by staff to eat at mealtimes and will be given help with eating if they need it. Or it may be a case that they need more time to eat. Sometimes, simply making a patient comfortable and positioned correctly may be all that is required.

“Statistics show that more than 1 in 4 patients admitted to Irish hospitals have significant weight loss and signs of malnutrition. The evidence also shows that adequate nutrition can significantly improve patient outcome, reduce length of stay and reduce risk of readmission within 45 days.”

Ms Chris Kane, General Manager, Galway University Hospitals said, “The Nutrition and Hydration Committee at the hospital is continually looking for ways to improve patient care and identified the Red Tray initiative as a way to highlight patients who may need extra support at mealtimes. Also, last year we introduced a Protected Mealtimes Policy which provides patients with dedicated time to have their meal without interruption and allows staff to assist them and concentrate on their nutritional needs.”

The article above is specific to the following Saolta hospitals:: 
University Hospital Galway (UHG)