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'Invaluable work' of dieticians celebrated throughout week.

The trust that runs Shropshire's two acute hospitals is raising awareness of the invaluable work carried out by its dietetics team as it celebrates Dietitians Week.

Dietitians at The Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospital Trust (SaTH), which runs the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford (PRH), assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public-health level.

They work to tackle some of the biggest health issues facing the nation, from obesity and diabetes to frailty, renal and cancer.

The Dietetics Team will be offering education on the work they carry out across the trust and beyond throughout next week. Nutrition support lead dietitian Tina Cheung said: "As well as promoting the role of dietitians across the trust, next week we will be educating colleagues, patients and visitors about MUST and Think Food, initiatives that are being rolled out across our wards. MUST is a five-step screening tool to identify if an individual is malnourished, at risk of malnutrition.

"It also includes management guidelines which can be used to develop a care plan.

"A 'think food' approach means using ordinary foods and drinks to increase your nutritional intake." The team will visit wards asking people to take part in a malnutrition quiz from today to Wednesday, 2pm to 4pm, and Thursday from 10am to noon.

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Publication:Shropshire Star (Shropshire, England)
Date:Jun 3, 2019
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