Hospital issues food bank appeal
Wednesday 9th August 2017 12:15 Ashton News Tameside Posted by Lee Wild

Tameside Hospital is urging staff and visitors to dig deep during the summer holidays to stop children going hungry.

The anti-poverty charity The Trussell Trust has warned that food banks across the country are dangerously low on supplies as families struggle to get by.

Around one million children usually receive free school meals but are left without those once class ends for summer.

Now the hospital are asking those visiting the hospital to bring in supplied of food for collection, to ensure no child in the borough goes without a meal this summer.

Two years ago Tameside Hospital became the first NHS Hospital in the United Kingdom to set up a permanent food bank collection centre on site, after staff at the hospital reported a significant increase in the number of malnourished patients turning up for treatment and care.

Doctors and nurses raised concerns about the outcomes of treatment as malnutrition affects recovery, particularly in the young and elderly.

The hospital say that the foodbank appeal is more about reduce and preventing the problem rather than diagnosing or treating it.

Karen James, Chief Executive at Tameside Hospital now wants staff and visitors to give what they can so the food can be passed on to the Tameside East food bank, which is part of The Trussell Trust network.

She explains: “With a staff of 3,800, Tameside Hospital is one of the biggest employers in the region. The majority of colleagues live in the community they serve, and some will be aware – either firsthand, or through family and friends – of other neighbours who are struggling to cope. Many of them are or will become our patients, and we have a duty of care to ensure we help them however we can.”

Items of food urgently needed include cereals, soup, pasta, rice, beans, tinned meat, vegetables and biscuits that can be donated in the collection bins at both main entrances.

Tracey McErlain-Burns., interim chief nurse, makes the first donation