Hospital patients get gourmet menu
03 October 2012
Mealtimes for patients in Southend University Hospital have just become even more of a highlight of the day following the introduction of eight new menu choices.
Exciting new dishes like salmon jambalaya, five-bean chilli,
suet pud and spinach and ricotta cannelloni have been added to the
extensive range of meals which are cooked on the ward for
Mick Hailey, manager for hospital caterers Medirest, said:
"Every 12 months we remove a couple of the options from our patient
menu and bring in some new ones. This time we have introduced some
really lip-smacking dishes."
And, after much effort, Mick and his colleagues have found the
perfect way to steam jacket potatoes in the microwave and have now
introduced this all-year favourite with a variety of fillings.
The patients' menu offers a choice of 35 main courses as well as
a range of sandwiches, starters and hot and cold desserts, each
clearly marked so patients on special diets know which would be
appropriate for their particular needs.
Hospital dietitians were called in as taste-testers of the new
Wendy Aness, manager of dietetics and nutrition, said: "It is
well recognised that good nutrition plays a vital role in helping
patients to recover more quickly and fully. Mealtimes are a welcome
interlude in what can often seem a very long day for them and so it
is really important that we offer them well-presented, tasty and
nutritious meals. These new dishes certainly meet all the
Mick added; "We are delighted our new menu has gone down so well
with staff and are sure that our patients will be just as delighted
with the choices on offer."