Eat Drink Move

Short Title Eat Drink Move
Category Promoting healthy ageing (prevention)
Organisation University Hospital Southampton
Contact Name Sasha Smith
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Sector Hospital/Acute Care
Region Hampshire
Postcode SO16 6YD
Active Yes


Eat, Drink, Move is part of a national initiative linked to #endpjparalysis and #last1000days looking at how we can value every moment of our patients’ time while they are in hospital. 65% of patients admitted to hospital are 65 or older and a person over 80 who spends 10 days in a hospital bed will lose 10% of muscle mass. This could be the difference between going home and going to a home.  UHS has taken on this concept and called it Eat, Drink, Move as we are also focussing on the importance of eating and drinking well while in hospital. We are working closely with the dieticians and Serco to ensure this is happening. We are also developing the role of Patient Support volunteers through funding from Helpforce who will be trained to enable them to undertake the roles of mobility volunteers, meal time assistants and time for you involvement. This volunteer role will be enhancing the work undertaken through the Eat, Drink, Move initiative. Through these projects we hope to promote physical activity of patients in hospital to reduce the risk of de-conditioning and consequences of this.


The project is ongoing and has so far been rolled out on our Medicine for Older People wards (MOP) and the Acute Medical Unit (AMU). The percentage of patients dressed in their own clothes has risen from 26% up to 44% at its best. Those out of bed has risen from 47% to 77% at its best. More than this though we are promoting a change in culture and attitude and slowly we are starting to see a real shift in this. During March, April and May 77 patients were seen by mobility volunteers on MOP a total of 129 times. This can be for bed/chair exercises or mobility and helps prevent deconditioning during their inpatient stay.

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