Taste tests at Isle hospital

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A selection of specialist food has been taste tested as part of a quality benchmarking exercise at the hospital which serves the Isle of Axholme.

The routine exercise at Scunthorpe General Hospital has been carried out recently to ensure those patients with dysphagia - swallowing difficulties - are receiving a tasty, appetising meals that are nourishing and of a texture that they can manage safely.

The meals offer a selection of puree foods which have been molded to look like their original shape, as well as foods that are softer and easier to swallow.

Lucy Southwell, clinical specialist speech and language therapist at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We work with patients who have swallowing difficulties as a result of conditions such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease and dementia.

“People with dysphagia have problems with swallowing certain foods or liquids, while others cannot swallow at all. People with swallowing problems can be at risk of choking on foods if they are not of a suitable consistency. Food or fluid going down the wrong way may lead to pneumonia.”

All of the meals being tested are fortified with extra vitamins and minerals to ensure patients receive a balanced diet.