A new buffet-style breakfast has been introduced to our
Children's ward to encourage the young patients to eat something
healthy at the start of the day.
Two young patients, Julia, aged 6, and Taylor, aged 9, were on
hand to help with the first buffet.
Matron, Angela Price, said, "We want all our young patients to
have the best experience they can when they're in our care which is
one of the reasons we've introduced the buffet breakfast.
Children on the ward tend to wake up at different times,
depending on whether they have had a good night and how unwell they
are. When you're under the weather, your appetite can be one
of the first things to suffer and we hope that making the buffet
available for two hours each morning, between 7.30 and 9.30am will
give them the opportunity to wake up in their own time, then eat
when they feel able to. Eating well at the start of the day
is so important for young children and even more so when they are
"The buffet includes cereal, fruit, yoghurt and toast if they
want it, which we will make for them. There's also milk and
juice to drink. Many of our patients have a parent staying
with them, who can help with their selection, but otherwise, we
will. They can either eat in the breakfast room or take a
tray back to their bed. Of course, if they feel too poorly to
get up, we'll bring breakfast to them."
Taylor's mum, Sharon, said, "This is a great idea and a good way
to encourage the children to have a nice breakfast and to choose
what they would like. Taylor was admitted last night and was
quite tired this morning, so it was reassuring knowing he could
have breakfast when he wanted it and that the choices are all
healthy. I hope he doesn't expect a buffet at
Published: 24 November 2016
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community