Tea parties were thrown across Derby Hospitals last Friday to show the importance of eating and drinking in healthcare.
Patients and visitors enjoyed cake and a cuppa to mark national Nutrition and Hydration Week 2014.
The aim of the event is to raise awareness of the importance of regular, healthy eating and drinking to staying fit and well.
And at the Royal Derby Hospital, a series of lively tea parties were held in different departments, attracting hundreds of patients and visitors.
Events took place on wards 404, 406 and 301, among others, with patients enjoying tea, coffee, cakes, biscuits and other snacks in the company of family and friends.
In the Medical Assessment Unit, patients gathered for a tea party in the new Frail and Elderly Activities room.
The room has been designed as a “home-from-home” for older or more confused patients, with a fireplace, classic radio songs, a curtained window and comfy furnishings.
David Ainsworth, general manager for Acute Medicine at Derby Hospitals,
said: “We know that the hospital environment can be alarming for older patients or those with dementia and so we have created a calm, familiar space for them to spend time in.
“It is so important that everyone eats and drinks healthily but it is particularly important to be mindful of it in older or more vulnerable patients. This awareness is what these tea parties – and Nutrition and Hydration week generally – is promoting.
“We also want to show how friends, family and neighbours can help at home, by popping round and seeing if people need any help with shopping, or just by visiting regularly for a cup of tea and a chat.”