Something that has quite obviously been previously ingested by someone/thing else - hence the usual suspects of carrot and sweetcorn!!Eeuughhh!
I loved the programme - thank you so much. I have just written a blog post about it and linked to your blog as I think it's such an important issue. I was complaining about hospital food back in 1984 when I was pregnant and in hospital for weeks prior to losing my baby.
There appears to be some melted yellow plastic on there, but I'll second the "previously ingested."Yes, program was brilliant.
I believe the correct term for this is 'pavement pizza'.
http://militantmedicalnurse.blogspot.com/2008/03/protected-meal-times-what-fucking-joke.html dated 2008 no doubt it's even worse now!
hi mark i watched your programme with great interest as i too spent time in hosptial following a heart attack in november 2009 i actually work for the nhs and i must say the food was absolutely disgusting every bit of it i even lost weight (which is not a bad thing lol)my concern is the elderley and wonder whether a lot of them are starving to death it is riduclous that the nhs cannot sort this problem out its appauling well done for making the programmejo
No I've seen pavement pizza that looks better than that! lol
I'm guessing at an out-take from the chest-burster scene from 'Alien'. I think we need to get John Hurt in to make a positive ID.Congrats on the documentary, btw. I know I've been one of your more challenging commenters in the past, but I can't fault the case you made.
That just makes me want to heave!! Macaroni'd brains, by the look of it.
Thanks, Neil. Praise indeed
That..... is disgusting.Has to be some sort of congealed mass experiment , from a lab.Ness..
Is it meant to be some sort of rubbish risotto
**oh come on you whiners! I'm sure that mound of whatever (molten plastic?) will fill your belly just fine! You don't need 5 star food you ingrates.** I can't believe some of the nonsensical comments from yesterday's blog/program. Yeah, this stuff will fill the belly. For months on end unless it shoots through without passing go or collecting $200. As I said yesterday, the slop has to have visual appeal in order to get someone who is ill to even consider trying it. Personally I'm sure that some of the stuff you've posted would cause me to barf because it already looks regurgitated. I have a cast iron stomach except when I'm ill and then it takes very little to put me off food.Keep up the work XTM! (You're still XTM to me Mark)
if you look at it long enough , it almost looks like a pigs face and that its smiling at you .
Hi MarkI was 'Mary' who did not want to use my own name on Call Kaye a few minutes ago. Something has to be changed (and not by 'moaning whingers' as one of the callers called us) UK wide and I'd welcome the opportunity to be involved. As I said, I related totally to your experiences and regularly have to spend time in hospital from a few days to several months at a time.
Hi MarkLooks like a chuckout from Histopathology to me. I thought the TV programme was excellent, and long-overdue; too few patients are willing to complain over what you quite rightly point out is the work of a contractor, rather than directly-employed NHS staff. I too work for the NHS, although thankfully in a non-food related capacity. I nevertheless understand the problems involved in running a hopsital, and like you, am supportive of the general work of the NHS. Having just been discharged from a lengthy stay in hospital, I can only echo everything you say. Although the food was always identifiable, the quality and quantity varied tremendously, and it was actually possible to work out the shift patterns of the so-called "chefs" by the quality of what turned up on a particular day.I have been in hospital over 30 times, the longest stay so far having been nearly four months. Since I suffer from a recurring gut problem, good nutrition is vitally important.During my most recent stay, we were privileged enough to be involved in a tri-ward "relocation" which culminated in seven of us being shunted off to the recovery area of a Day Surgery Unit. This was immediately re-designated as a surgical ward! During this period, we were offered food from an emergency menu (four choices) for lunch and dinner, for four days. In my case, this resulted in a constant diet of sweet and sour vegetables (the only near-edible offering)for three days. On the fourth day, lunch was nearly two hours late, and dinner had still not been served at 8pm that evening. The sound of a blind 87 year old fellow patient pleading for his food was pitiful........ The delay also resulted in a collapse and much distress on my part, and a consequent delay in my recovery.Through the sterling efforts of my partner who tackled everyone from the Chief Executive downwards, I was transferred from this hell-hole to a more appropriate ward.The excuse for this debacle was that we were classed as an outpost, and were accordingly deemed "out of hours" as far as catering were concerned! Not acceptable. Although I have no photographs of the food itself, my partner took several of the piles of dirty crockery and slop buckets which were left lying about and uncollected by the catering department. I'll try to post them sometime.Please keep your blog up, since it has certainly stirred things up. I would probably have started something similar while I was incarcerated, had I not been fearful of my laptop being nicked!Very best wishes for a full recovery, and a hospital-free future.
Cauliflower cheese with added weird veggies underneath (the orange and yellow bits)?
good knows i watched your show the other night and have been victim to hospital food i was in hospital for 3 months last year with anorexia and they wanted me to eat hospital food to gain weight yeh right like hospital food was going to that 1 most is unedible 2 most of it never arrived and 3 it tastes horrid your suppose to encourage some one with a eating disorder to enjoy food not turn them off it more. one day i got a plate of carrots for tea yep just carrots in the end my parents had to bring food in for me luckly i had a microwave it cost my parents lots of money in food and travel i got myself better what a joke x
That's disgraceful. Anorexia is so tough to beat. Well done. You should be very proud of yourself.
I have not seen the programme (yet) but have read the blogs and comments made by others (very eloquent, anon 23 Feb) and been saddened by the overwhelming evidence that basic needs are plainly being ignored. How difficult is it for hospitals to join up the dots between good nutrition and health? Nutrition in health care is a Govt priority! Why are hospital managers not causing a fuss about substandard meals? ££££ I suppose! I work in the NHS, in Primary Care, and think that generally we, and my secondary care colleagues do a good job, but this really does need sorting out. Well done for taking it on, Mark.
I want to know why most of the doctors aren't kicking up a fuss. They spend a fortune on drugs and surgery and then muck it up with yuk food. It's barmy!
A lot of the consultants are not aware of what goes on - unfortunately many are rushing about getting their day jobs done so they can rush off and moonlight in the private hospital next door.
We need to raise awareness. I'd like to get the BMJ to covermount a DVD of the programme on one of their issues. Doctors need to know. They need to be fed this muck and then they might do something.