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Anglia Crown Ltd, Gilberd Court, Newcomen Way Colchester Business Park, Colchester, CO4 9WN
Operating for more than 25 years, Anglia Crown works with around 100 hospital sites in the UK. It employs more than 160 people, and manufactures approximately 40,000 chilled and frozen meals each day.
Anglia Crown is an award-winning chilled and frozen prepared meal manufacturer for the healthcare and complementary markets. We offer a range of multi and single portion dishes to customers and patients. A trusted partner to the NHS for patient and restaurant dining we also operate in the private healthcare, education and care markets.
Our flexible approach to catering recognises that one size does not fit all. Whether you have catering services on site and require help with a few wards, or you run a hospital with limited facilities and require a fully delivered service, Anglia Crown’s range of nutritious prepared meals has the right solution for you.
|Crown Advantage is our individual frozen meal range. With more than 40 meals to choose from, it is delivered with an innovative removable base via Torus Pak™ packaging, ensuring easy and precise presentation at every meal service.||Crown Choice is a flexible multi-portion meal range, available both chilled and frozen. Crown Choice offers a variety of nutritionally balanced dishes including 36 vegetarian and 11 vegan main meals.|
Our core prepared meal ranges deliver a value for money service whilst respecting every patient’s right to a meal which is both appetising and nutritionally suitable for them. We are proud of the meals we produce, all supported by our registered Dietitian.
Vegan Hospital Meals
|Anglia Crown is the first of its kind to register a range of dishes with the Vegan Trademark via the Vegan Society. Vegan and vegetarian dishes are available in all our ranges.||Available in our Crown Advantage individual frozen meal range, our child friendly dishes have been designed around the nutritional requirements of 4-10 year olds. Each meal comes in a child friendly portion size, providing plenty of choice and access to good quality food.|
Smaller Meals Plus
|To support patient independence, Anglia Crown has developed a finger food range, available in both multi –portion and individual meals. This nutritious range has been designed to support dining dignity for patients who suffer from dementia, upper limb injuries, those with IV cannulas in situ and patient groups who struggle to eat with cutlery.||Our most recent addition, is the Smaller Meals Plus range. Available in Crown Advantage as a frozen individual meal, the range of eight dishes is suitable for patients who require nourishment in a more manageable size.|
Catering for people living with dysphagia
Modified Texture Meals
Dysphagia is the medical term for swallowing difficulties. This can affect the body’s ability to swallow fluids, foods or both. Dysphagia affects approximately. 580 million people worldwide (www.iddsi.org). It is evident in 11% of the general community and is likely to affect 1 in 17 people in some form in their lifetime. Dysphagia is a symptom caused by another health condition.
The World Gastroenterological Organisation (WGO) estimates that dysphagia affects between 40-70% of people who have suffered a stroke and between 60-80% of people are living with a neurodegenerative disease such as: Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and Huntington’s chorea. Between 60-75% of people undergoing radiotherapy for a cancer of the head and neck region, and 57% of people living with dementia are also affected by the condition.
Treatment will depend on the cause and type of swallowing difficulty. Referral should be made to a registered Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) who will carry out a swallow assessment and advise changing the consistency of food and liquids where appropriate to make them safer to swallow. With therapy, this advice can change over time, so a patient may transition from one consistency to another.
It is really important to have foods and drinks of an appropriate consistency available for people with dysphagia. If not swallowed safely, foods and beverages can ‘go down the wrong way’ and lead to severe chest infections which can be detrimental.
Importance of Modified Texture Meals
Our supplier of modified texture meals, Punjab Kitchen, relishes the challenge of developing appetising and nutritious meals that people enjoy and are of a safe consistency. It is important that people with dysphagia enjoy their food and beverages. Not eating or drinking enough can lead to malnutrition or dehydration which can worsen their overall health condition and reduce their quality of life.
Introduction of National Descriptors
In order to standardise the different textures of foods and beverages prescribed for people with dysphagia to enhance patient safety, the UK adopted national descriptors for texture modification for adults in 2002. As the area evolved these were later updated in 2012. There was then recognition in the global healthcare community that it would be sensible to have international texture descriptors so that when healthcare workers and patients travel from country to country there will be no confusion about the dysphagia descriptors being used and this in turn means that patient safety is assured, and so the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) was born in 2015.
The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) have published new international standardised terminology and definitions for texture modified foods and thickened liquids for people with dysphagia.
The framework consists of a continuum of eight levels (0-7) and includes descriptors, testing methods and evidence for both liquid thickness and food texture levels. Anglia Crown will be fully supporting these changes.
An Expert Reference Group (ERG) looking at the appropriateness of implementing the IDDSI framework in this country was set up in 2015. Following extensive consultation with members, the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT) independently and formally announced that they supported the adoption of the IDDSI framework.