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Blue plates to be trialled for dementia patients

29 Jan 2018

From Thursday 1 February, all patients in The Limes, Southall, will receive meals on blue patients as part of an initiative to serve dementia-friendly meals.

Research shows that changing from white to blue plates enables patients with dementia to see food better as sometimes, they experience difficulties with their sight and perception. For example, chicken, mashed potatoes, porridge, white bread and other typically pale-coloured foods stand out more on blue plates and encourage individuals to eat more. In turn, this will reduce food wastage.

The use of blue plates has also been introduced at other NHS Trusts. As part of the pilot, the Trust’s dietitians and catering suppliers, OCS, will be measuring food wastage over the next three months to monitor improvement.