A piece for Slugger O’Toole looking at spending on hospital meals and a suggesting a way forward.
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A Northern Ireland hospital patient kept a photo diary of every hospital meal she was served during a stay in December 2015.
Her log of the (vegetarian) food provided includes details of main meals she said she found inedible, occasions when food had to be brought in by relatives and ‘no meal provided’ sections where an apparent communication issue between staff led to no vegetarian meal being ordered.
She stated that, although she had been hungry after meals, she did not complain due to lack of energy caused by her medical condition.
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Sunday 6th December
Breakfast – Rice Krispies, tea and toast
Lunch – Vegetable burger (not eaten), reheated frozen vegetables, mashed potato and roast potato (not eaten), yogurt and apple
Dinner – No vegetarian meal provided, didn’t eat.
Supper – tea and toast
Monday 7th December
Breakfast – Rice Krispies, tea, toast
Lunch – tomato soup + yogurt
Dinner – No vegetarian meal provided, offered mashed potato, beans and cheese, with ice cream and jelly, tea
Supper – Tea
Tuesday 8th December
Breakfast – Corn flakes, tea
Lunch – Tomato soup + yogurt *Fruit and potato salad brought in by family
Dinner – No vegetarian meal provided, offered beans and chips (declined). Ate ice cream and jelly and cup of tea
Supper – tea *fruit brought in by family
Wednesday 9th December
Breakfast – Corn Flakes, tea
Lunch – Cheese omelette, vegetable soup (not vegetarian – chicken stock)
Dinner – Mashed potato, vegetables and onion tart (“I think”), ice cream, jelly, tea
Supper – tea
Thursday 10th December
Breakfast – Rice Krispies, tea
Lunch – pasta and cheese, orange, yogurt
Dinner – vegetarian “kiev” (“potato, flecks of vegetable and gloopy white garlic sauce…ate around the edges”), corn, mash potato and roast potato (not eaten), ice cream, jelly, tea
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