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On the ward

  • All meals and snacks are provided.
  • Patients are given a choice of meals on a daily basis.
  • Every effort is made to help patients choose their meals. The nursing team can also get advice from relatives on patients’ food preferences.
  • Personal needs, preferences and allergies are considered.
  • Cultural beliefs are respected.

Teamwork is essential to meet the complex needs of patients. Providing care is an inter-professional and inter-agency activity, which should be based on:

  • cooperation
  • shared understanding
  • respect

The core members of the multi-disciplinary team in hospital are:

  • psychiatrists
  • psychologists
  • social workers
  • nurses

Patients can be referred to other members of the multi-disciplinary team. These include:

  • physiotherapists
  • speech and language therapists
  • dietitians
  • behavioural therapists
  • podiatrists
  • occupational therapists
  • complementary therapists
  • pharmacists
  • GPs
  • day care staff
  • dentists