'Hospitals should remove any barriers to doctors eating and drinking during the working day'.
As healthcare providers, it’s easy to forget to look after ourselves at work. We know that taking breaks and eating and drinking regularly is a critical component of being “optimised,” helping to sustain our energy, concentration and performance, and reduce the risk of human error. Yet, for many, the realities of working in busy, modern hospitals get in the way.
Medicine is a demanding profession, with days often starting early and finishing late and many fall into the habit of forgetting to take regular breaks, not drinking enough fluids, or missing meals. If we want to improve staff wellbeing and reduce the risk of errors, we need to change this.