Medirest in partnership with Southend University Hospital recognises that eating a healthy, balanced diet is extremely important during your stay in a hospital. Eating the right food can help enhance your recovery and hopefully help to reduce the length of time of your stay.
The Steamplicity menu includes an extensive variety of hot
dishes. We also have a number of supporting special dietary menus
to cater for different needs and tastes; therefore please ask a
ward host/hostess if you would like further information.
Whilst you are with us we will provide you with breakfast, lunch
and supper as well as light refreshments. Hot drinks are available
throughout the day and water will be available by your bedside at
all times, unless of course, it is medically
Meeting your dietary requirements
Through Steamplicity, we can provide you with an individual meal
from the main Steamplicity menu that caters for specific
requirements such as diabetes, energy dense, gluten free, low salt,
vegetarian, modified textures and healthy diet choices. This menu
is also available in large flash cards, Braille, and in seven
However, if you require a menu for more complex dietary needs,
feel that your dietary needs are not being met or would like more
information on allergens or full nutrient details, then please ask
to speak with the Medirest Catering Management team who would be
more than happy to help.
We also have menus available for religious, cultural or vegan
preferences which include Kosher, Halal, African and Caribbean,
vegetarian and vegan.
During lunch and evening meal times all non-urgent activity on
the ward stops so that nurses and ward assistants are able to help
with the meal service and also provide extra assistance for those
patients that need it. This means that all meals are served
promptly to ensure they maintain their temperature and freshness.
As Steamplicity meals are cooked to order, should you miss a
mealtime due to treatment or loss of appetite, a meal, snacks or
light option will be available to you at a later time.
Meal & drink times
Meals are served in the wards each day at the following
Breakfast 7.30am - 9.00am
Lunch 11.45am - 1.00pm
Supper 4.45pm - 6. 00pm
*This could slightly vary depending on ward/department
Hot beverages are offered after these meals and will also be
offered at 10.00am and 2.00pm by ward host/ess. If you require an
additional hot drink please ask the nursing team on the ward.
For family, friends and visitors
We understand the importance of also caring for your family,
friends and visitors during your stay with us as we know hospitals
can be a very daunting and difficult environment to be in. We have
a number of catering amenities to support them and make sure their
visit is an easy and comfortable one, these are detailed below.
Lifestyle and DeliMarché café
The Lifestyle restaurant menu provides a wide range of hot
meals, and snacks, sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts -
including healthy and balanced hot meal choices as well as healthy
meal deals to go. The DeliMarché Café offers a range of hot drinks
including Starbucks Coffee and cold drinks, hot and cold snacks
including - baguettes, pasties and healthy snacks. This area is
especially designed for those on the move. Both outlets are located
on first floor, Prittlewell Building and are open from 7.00am to
There is also a Delimarche café at the Cardigan Wing entrance
(ground floor) with a similar range of hot and cold snacks and hot
drinks including Costa Coffee beverages . A wider range of healthy
hot and cold meal options will be introduced following
refurbishment of the unit scheduled later in the year.
24/7 Costa Coffee
Our Medirest outlets close at 8.30pm but if you would like a hot
drink and a snack Costa Coffee is open 24/7 on ground floor, Tower
Block Building (outpatients main entrance).
- Medirest strive to offer you the best possible service and
ensure the following:
- Provide variety and choice at all times
- To provide you with and promote healthy, wholesome food
- Help you to find a suitable meal that meets your dietary needs
and offer you meals that are also interesting and full of
- Ensure our team are polite, friendly, helpful and professional
at all times.
- To support your visitors and provide a welcoming, relaxing and
accessible catering environment
Patient Satisfaction Survey
We are continually looking to improve our service and feedback
from you is invaluable. If you would like to complete a short
survey on your experience, please request one from your ward
host/ess and once completed, hand it back to the member of Medirest
team or you could send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org