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Are you getting enough?
23 May 2017

 

Experts from our hospital are reminding everyone of the importance of staying hydrated as part of a new campaign designed to help people stay healthy this summer.

The initiative is encouraging everyone to drink at least six to eight glasses of water a day, unless a doctor has advised them otherwise. Families and carers are also being asked to make sure older people have enough to drink, as dehydration can cause a range of potentially serious problems leading to hospital admissions in later life, including urine infections, kidney stones, pressure sores and confusion. Lack of water can also lead to older people suffering falls and injuring themselves.

Nurse consultant Tracey Wakeling, who is leading the campaign, said: “Drinking enough water is vitally important and plays a big role in helping people to stay healthy. However, some people lose the thirst sensation as they get older, which means they don’t realise they are becoming dehydrated and are risking a range of potentially very serious health problems.

“We would urge families and carers to help make sure the people in their care are getting enough water by taking simple steps such as making them a flask of cold water or squash so that they can top up their levels during the day.”

Other tips to stay hydrated include:

  • Start the day with a glass of water
  • Have a glass of water with your coffee/ tea
  • Add fruit to your water for more flavour
  • Keep a bottle of water in your fridge to have a ready supply of cold water
  • Eat foods with a high water content, such as soup, fruits and jellies