Maintaining sufficient hydration is essential for health as
dehydration can lead to falls, confusion, dizziness, skin
breakdown, kidney failure and even death.
At County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust we are
dedicated to promoting the health of our patients and the positive
outcomes good hydration promotes.
The 'Water Lid' Hydration project has been developed by
Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and
is already successfully implemented within some of our Frailty
This projects works in cohesion with and supports the Drip or
Drink project which is already being utilised Trust-wide to assist
in early identification of patients at risk of dehydration.
We are now ready to roll out the 'Water Lid' hydration project
to the rest of the Trust and from Monday 17 April, ward 52 at
Darlington Memorial Hospital will begin promoting and monitoring
the hydration of their patients using
the red, amber, green,
water jug lids.
Using traffic light lid colours will show how much patients are
'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we
have this service at all and well done to you all.'
Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley
Bridge Community Hospital