Today my luncheon arrived with a customer survey form on the tray. It would seem that recently there have been one or two complaints concerning the standard of the food. In fact, the food is so dire, if this were a prison the warders would have been taken hostage by now and inmates would be sat on the roof with makeshift banners demanding better grub as they threw roof tiles at police negotiators.
However, this being a hospital, things are a little more sedate. No one has yet barricaded themselves in a storeroom with one of the nursing auxiliaries but discontent has reached the point where the trust’s chief executive has been forced to lodge a complaint with the caterer.
To be fair, food probably isn’t the caterer’s first line of business. In fact, I have a strong suspicion that the private company responsible for feeding us is just a money laundering front for a Columbian drugs cartel, hence the distinctly lacklustre quality of the food. But to give them their due, they have shown willing by distributing a customer survey form and it’s been a real giggle filling it in. It occurred to me that you, dear reader, might be interested in taking a glimpse at my completed questionnaire.
CUSTOMER FOOD SATISFACTION SURVEY
BLOGTOWN GENERAL HOSPITAL
Q: When ordering your food, was the hostess helpful in taking your order?
A: If helpful means throwing a menu through the door, like a piece of meat being tossed into a lions’ enclosure… then yes.
Q: Were you offered a choice?
A: Yes… a choice of three equally ghastly main courses.
Q: Did you get the food you chose?
A: Yes… unfortunately.
Q: How did you score the hospital food?
A: By awarding each dish between one and five Rennies.
Q: Did the food look appealing?
A: Probably… if you’re a famine victim.
Q: How would you describe the preparation of the food?
A: Haphazard and chaotic.
Q: How would you describe your health over the past four weeks?
A: How do you think? I’m in a bloody hospital for Christ’s sake!
Q: Do you consider yourself to have special dietary needs?
A: Only since eating your food.
I’m sure I can expect to receive a follow-up visit from the head chef, as I know these companies take customer surveys very seriously. Perhaps tomorrow I can look forward to Eggs Benedict for breakfast and a nice bit of Sea Bass for lunch. I’ll keep you posted.