Hi TM, Another rescue plate from the canteen I take it? This couldn't possibly be from the normal 'caterers'.I see they remembered you can't eat sweetcorn so you have all that yummy salad too.Enjoy!Linda Tenerife x
It looks good - I hope you enjoy it.
I was really impressed that they remembered I couldn't tolerate sweetcorn. Extra Brownie points there. My surgeon popped by today and we discussed nutrition. He saidd an adult needs about 50g of protein each day and that most get 70g in our country. The excess gets excreted. In theory those hospital meals should provide that level of protein but in practice the meals as served don't match their listed specification. I'm really sure of that. A meal may have a certain level of protein but if it's disgusting and isn't eaten it's provided zero protein.
I am impressed TM, did you save me some.
It is a pretty fresh looking plateful of salad, but is that very shiny bread? Shoe shaped bread? What does it taste like?
Sorry, Ann... I scoffed the lot. The bread tastes good and crispy on the outside and there's a good amount of cheese and ham inside. I coulnt have made s better one myself.
Your surgeon popped by to discuss nutrition? I fear you've been discovered TM!! If the Head Chef comes in to enquire after how you enjoyed your lunch, I will be certain that they know who you are!!Get well soon TMToni.
Catering manager has called by too. I think the game is up. Still, it's a subject that needs to be aired so I hope I'm doing that.
You have been rumbled! Still, it shows that your blog has had an impact even if only on the hospital you are in. One small step and all that! I am quite hungry now having seen your lunch! I find being a parent in hospital robs me of my appetite! That and I have to leave my boy in the hands of the staff if I go off for some food!!!! Not a plan in that hospital! Glad you enjoyed it and are making the powers that be in one hospital think about what they are doing! Keep up the good work!
I detect a pattern here. Lunch fantastic... Dinner what is that?... If you have been rumbled you can expect al a carte tonight. Seriously at least you have got people thinking about hospital food and if it improves we all benefit.
about size 7's i'd say......Jem, Northern Ireland
I think they're on to you and I'm glad you got good food at last. However... I feel pity for the rest of the poor sods in hospitals everywhere that can't speak up so publicly and are still fed slop.
Confess. You nicked this, didn't you?
For the catering manager's visit, I suggest simply laying out a selection of meal photographs and asking him or her which, if any, he or she would be willing either to eat themselves or to feed to their children?
Ah so the surgeon has had the penny drop?
I second Peter Palladas' idea. You can bet your life the catering manager doesn't eat the food given to the patients but eats the nice stuff from the staff canteen.You might also like to ask him about malnutrition among the elderly patients. A lot of people don't know that they often come out of hospital suffering from it. This is because, all too often, although they'd like to eat what's put in front of them, they physically can't (mobility problems or whatever) and the nurses don't have the time to help feed them, so the plates are taken away and the patient notes marked as 'not hungry'! It's a scandal. See here http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8230073.stm
A lovely lunch AND the Hairy Bikers have taken the lead. A good result!
The surgeon is a great guy - the best there is. It's an issue he'd take very seriously. Unfortunately the medics don't get to see or taste the food were given. They're simply assured by bureaucrats that it meets the nutrional standard laid down by government and it's medical advisors. The reality on the ground is quite different. I think he'll look into it.
I agree about the problem of the elderly and nutrition. Fortunately the nurses here are very on the ball and they have protected mealtimes.
that looks shockingly edible
In our hospital (which has its own kitchen) about three choices are prepared for lunch and dinner respectively (and some extra for special requirements like after bowel surgery, diabetics and such). Patients, staff, chief surgeons, visiting managers all get the same choice of food. I think this is a system with built-in quality survey. There is a small cafeteria for vistors as well, but it does not serve such beautiful panini as yours. But as no visitor is required to eat there, they sell mainly coffee (and that is good). Get well soon, TM!! Greetings from Styria. Barbara
I did say yesterday that the lunch staff knew what you were doing.This just goes to prove it all.The power of the Blog.....I am so so glad that finally finally someone is taking it a lot more seriously.If they keep feeding you like this you will go home soon.I hope so.Mind you it will take you weeks to get used to your own bed again.Light,Love and Healing to you
As one who has seen her fair share of hospitals and long stays, I feel very sorry for you :(I hope you get better soon mate.Kat in Au
Thanks. I will get better but a lot of older or more vulnerable patients won't unless something changes. I'm the lucky one but I'd like to think the blog is giving people some laughs and making the bureaucrats think about how their nutrition policies affects people.TM
I don't know how you feel about cats? I saw this and it made me think of you :)http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c194/Anakat/funny-pictures-cat-likes-salmon.jpg
I love cats. I particularly like ginger kitties...http://dreamingofkittens.com/
Strange how it's the same type of Panini (3 times so far ?) .Almost a Pavlovian avertion technique to get you to say you're bored with them .When coupled with the Salmon in Dill sauce (reward) .Hum !!29.09.0925.09.0923.09.09and all after you post a photo of Mandleslime .Worrying .:-)
Well, who minds the same kind of nice panino arriving every other day? I wouldn't, especially if the alternative were a different type of bingo food day in, day out.
Oh my God! They're playing with my mind. What's going on here? Sooo scary!