Patients at Altnagelvin Hospital are using a new high tech system of ordering their dinners and lunches while staying on the wards,
The new electronic system ‘Saffron’ has just been installed at Altnagelvin and is being used in all of the wards.
The new computer system facilitates lunch and dinner time meal ordering and allows nursing, dietetic and catering staff to better monitor the nutritional intake of patients.
And patient, Caroline R. Kissick was one of the first to use it this week when she was visisted by Ruairi O’Doherty Nursing Auxiliary Ward 5,
Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) Project Leader, Michelle Martin said: “The Western Trust is the first Trust in Northern Ireland to introduce this new system.
“Nursing Auxiliary staff use wireless ‘tablet’ devices to collect meal orders daily from our patients.
“Patients have several meal options to choose from.
“The tablet is also used to ensure special diets for patients who have specific dietary requirements, are stringently followed.
“Our main kitchen then receives the orders electronically and prepares and dispatches the meals to the wards, where they are served to the patients.
“We piloted the system in four wards within the Altnagelvin site in September 2013 and were very impressed with the feedback.
“We fully implemented it in all wards during the start of this year.”