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Hospital meals

For patients staying overnight and longer, we provide a wide range of catering services to suit your needs. Our menus have been designed to offer a selection of nutritional meals which cater for all dietary needs. Mealtimes on the wards are protected which means all non-urgent clinical tasks stop for a period of time so that patients can eat their meals in peace, with support if they need it, without being interrupted. 

Patients are served three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and supper). Snacks are also provided in between your meals and a choice of hot and cold drinks are served throughout the day.

Breakfast is served on your ward by the ward host, hostess or nurse.

Lunch and supper meals are steam cooked using microwaves which are located in ward kitchens. 

The service includes ward hostesses who are fully trained in all aspects of food hygiene standards.Our specialised diet kitchen continues to cater for patients with specific medical dietary requirements such as food allergies. 

Your meals


A selection of cereals, fruit juice, yoghurts, porridge and fresh fruit, tea or coffee and fruit juice.


A main meal, a pudding and tea, coffee or fruit juice.


A selection of freshly made sandwiches, soups ,puddings and tea or coffee.

There are several choices, including vegetarian options, 'soft foods' for patients who can find food difficult to chew, puree, gluten free, high energy choices and a menu for renal patients. Asian Halal, Vegan and Kosher meals are all available on request. Please see our menus here.

There are also 3 snack rounds per day which consist of a choice of fruit, biscuits, cakes, crisps, chocolate. Patients are offered hot drinks throughout the day, which include tea, coffee, chocolate and fruit teas. Water is available at the bedside at all times.
Please note: If the main hot meal at lunchtime is missed because a patient is off the ward or feels unwell, they can have their hot meal later in the day if they wish.

If you have any special dietary requirements or if you don't like the menu choices, please let your ward housekeeper or member of the ward team know and they will speak to a chef from the catering team.

To find out more, watch our video below!

Eating and drinking for health

Eating and drinking for health is our strategy for improving nutrition and hydration for patients, visitors and staff. 

Eating and drinking for health strategy 2017-2020