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Meals

Meals and food in hospital

Eating well in hospital is an important part of your recovery and can help you to go home sooner.

Our meals services

During your hospital stay you will be served three meals and a morning and afternoon snack each day.

Meal times

Breakfast: 7.00am - 7.45am
Morning tea: 9.30am - 10.00am
Lunch:  11.30am - 12.30pm
Afternoon tea: 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Dinner: 5.30pm - 6.30pm

 

Each day you will select your meals for the following day from our menu. We will collect your meal selection throughout the day.

 

Our nurses or food services staff may be able to help you choose your meals if you have any special dietary restrictions, or requests. You can discuss your nutritional requirements with our dietitian.

We advise you to avoid alcohol during your stay in hospital. Discuss limited alcohol consumption with your nurse unit manager.

Dietary requirements – talk to us

If you have any concerns or questions about your nutritional requirements, cultural or religious needs, or if you are having swallowing difficulties, please speak to a member of your health care team.

High risk foods - hospital management

The menus we design and our processes for handling food are all in place to reduce the risk to immune-compromised patients. We purchase and store food according to guidelines set by Food Standards Australia and New Zealand. 

Bringing in food for patients

Families and friends can bring in food for patients if the food is safe and the patient is not on a special diet or experiencing swallowing problems.

Please store any food brought into the hospital in a disposable container, and let the staff know about food you bring so that it can be labelled. Food that is not properly prepared, transported or stored may result in food poisoning, with serious consequences for the patient.

For patients who are on normal diets you can bring:

  • pretzels, potato chips, dry biscuits
  • muesli bars
  • nuts
  • sweet biscuits
  • fresh and dried fruit
  • bread, bread sticks, bagels, unleavened bread.
  • muffins, cakes, scones
  • sweets.

Please do not bring:

  • any food that can spoil if not refrigerated.
  • meat (raw or cooked) or seafood
  • soups, rice and pasta dishes
  • deli products (soft cheeses, meats)
  • salads and other items containing dairy products e.g. potato salad
  • sweets containing custard or cream
  • sandwiches with potentially hazardous fillings e.g. meat, fish, poultry, cheese.

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