Hospital food

Good nutrition is such an important part of staying healthy, especially for people who are recovering from illness or injury.

Getting the right meals that satisfy a patient’s nutritional needs, as well as their taste, is important in helping them to make a quicker recovery.

Our catering team works closely with our dietitians to make sure patients receive nutritious hospital food that help with their recovery.

Protected meal times

We have protected mealtimes on the wards to support and encourage patients to eat and drink properly and allow them to eat in a calm and relaxed environment, with help from staff who can support those people who find it difficult to feed themselves or need support.

During protected mealtimes access is restricted to the wards three times a day when the meals are served.

Protected mealtimes for breakfast, lunch and dinner make sure that we focus on food three times a day. It’s about remembering how important a mealtime is, and making sure every patient gets to eat their meal with as few distractions as possible, just like you would at home.

Hot and cold drinks

Drinks are served with each meal and also at the following times:

  • Mid morning 10am – 10.30am
  • Mid afternoon 3pm – 3.30pm
  • Evening 8pm – 9pm

All patients are usually given a jug of cold water each morning; please ask for fresh water, if needed. Ask a member of staff if you would like a hot drink at any time.

Ward mealtimes

  • Breakfast 7.30am – 8.30am
  • Lunch 12 noon – 1pm
  • Evening meal 5pm – 6pm

You will be offered a choice of meals during your stay.

You and your family will be encouraged to let staff know what you like to eat. Food supplements may be given and dietitians will help with this. Family members who would like to visit at mealtimes to help feed loved ones are welcome.

What if I have special dietary needs?

Meals are available to suit all needs including ethnic, cultural, religious and special diets. If you have special dietary needs some foods may not be suitable. Please ask your nurse to contact the dietitian for further advice.