I thought it might be interesting to do a little ad-hoc comparison of hospital food.
You either love it, or you hate it.
What I am asking you to do is snap a picture of a typical tray of hospital food as it is served up to your patients.
Send it in to: firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following.
- You may or may not wish to identify which hospital is serving up this food.
- Give it a subjective rating out of 5
(5 being excellent, 0 being antiemetic-stat) for each of the following categories:
- You may also wish to make comment on how you feel about the overall standard of patient food in your hospital.
You can also do the same for food served to staff in the hospital cafeteria if you wish.
I will post any pictures and comments up on this page as they arrive.
To get things rolling Alexandra has sent in this pic of a typical hospital meal in Puerto Rico (no ratings were provided).
Well this all looks so yummy…..not.
It is always a little disturbing when there is not much difference between the colour of the food and that of the tray.
And as is often the case, the packaging is going to be very difficult opening for the aged or the incapacitated.
Cath, from my own hospital sent in this with the following comment:
“My friend posted this during her recent 10 day stay at TCH. She was surprised that it constituted a side salad. I suggested to her that it looked pretty good cause the cucumber wasn’t see through or frozen!!”
Geez some people are never satisfied! The tomato is red(ish), the carrot is orange, there is a bonus slice of cucumber and she got 25 times the recommended daily intake of lettuce. Seriously, you are going to have to pick that slab of carrot up and eat it ’cause you have not a hope of cutting it with the flimsy plastic cutlery provided :- Ian.
Served up at St George in Sydney. Pork Surprise, veggies, broth and fruit for dessert. Please note the special attention to detail that is the crockery and matching white cutlery in the pocket. Mmmm, makes me hungry just looking at it!
The whole aesthetics of food delivery in the public hospital system seems to be going into the kitchen bin here.
Eating out of flimsy disposable plastic bowls, eating your food with bendy plastic utensils and drinking out of thin plastic cups does nothing to lift the spirits of the sick.
And lets not even talk about the environmental impact of all this plastic ( it is biodegradable right?)- Ian.
Tastiness. 2-How can something look so good and yet have no taste, oh yeah no pepper and no salt was used and salt is not available to patients (heart healthy huh). Mashed potato has no milk/cream/butter added and mashed for a maximum of 2 sec before being scooped out (can you spot the lumps?)
Aesthetic appeal. 5 (on the hospital scale)- I do think this looks good.
Side note- it is possible to get gluten free and soy milk, as long as you ask for it QUICKLY (before 0800). Only one sachet of sugar, so i’ve seen a patient put the jam on the cornflakes and sugar in the tea (and yes they were diabetic).