At each bed space there is a menu booklet which gives you detailed information about the food on offer. There is a range of options including healthier, higher energy, soft and vegetarian choices. There are also culture and religion-specific meals.
If you think you might require a special therapeutic diet, please ask to be referred to the dietitian.
After surgery or during illness you may need to increase the amount of energy and protein you eat to help your body to recover and repair itself. In this instance it is important not to restrict your energy and protein intake; this is the reason that higher energy choices have been included on the menu. If you are eating less it may be advisable for you to pick these options rather than low energy choices such as soup and salads. You will be referred to the dietitian if your nutritional status is impacting on your recovery or you may be offered additional food items to supplement your dietary intake.
If you have any relatives or friends bringing in food items for you, please seek permission from the nurse in charge or ward manager first. Foods that have been reheated or previously cooked should not be provided, as there is the potential for bacteria to multiply quickly while the food is in transit.
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