What annoys you?


I’m in private. God help those in public then. I walked 20 mins across the road to a cafe 4 days after spinal surgery for decent food.


If you have access to a microwave ( ask the staff nicely) get someone to bring you in those frozen lean cusine type meals. .or Lite and Easy ( will deliver) and supermarkets will deliver. Not great, but beats the hospital menu.


When wife was in hospital after having one of the kids. You could order a beer. And I don’t mean just like in no paper cup, I’m talking about a glass of beer.


Thankfully I am home tomorrow. My mum, who is Maltese, is coming up from Melbourne and promised to cook my favorite foods!



That’s the only Maltese food I know.

Do Maltesers count?


Your road to full recovery will be much better now, with your mum coming.

Eat, take it easy and enjoy.


It’s quite bizarre, really.
I understand that salt and fat needs to be low, as well as a few other criteria. But ffs - it’s not that hard to make a simple tasty and healthy meal. Actually, I don’t think I could make a meal as absolutely ■■■■■■ as the ones you get in hospital. It really is unbelievable.




I got a bit involved in surveys. One problem is cost, nearly all catering now comes from big organisations who come in with lower tenders than local bodies. That compounds the problem , with more distant supply involving food that is steam reheated closer to point of consumption. The other problem relates to the meat and three veg syndrome in the menus. But it’s unpalatable and not nutritious. And it ignores the ethnic mix of patients in public hospitals. I got no reply to my question on the nutritional value to patients.
There is a fiction of choice of menu. Much play is made of the choice of menu, but there is no real choice. The bright yellow rubber of the omelette choice is vomit inducing.
I’ve worked out that if you claim special dietary requirements on grounds of health or religion, or culture you get a much better deal. Or, you arrange for a source of outside supply. A Chinese patient arranged for his wife to bring in a supply of daily meals in thermos boxes.


Not to mention the ‘fish’ option. Which quite frankly, is disgusting. Smells awful and if possible tastes even worse. I literally retched last time I tried to have a bite.


Airlines seem to do it a bit better on long haul flights


And never ever go the pasta option.


My son gleefully ordered spaghetti while in hospital when he was small. The horrified look on his face when he was presented with Mr Heinz variety was something to behold.


Best thing to eat in hospital are the we hope you enjoy your stay complimentary Arnott’s biscuits.


I still remember being slightly horrified after discovering on a school camp that you could buy spaghetti out of a tin, and that people put it on toast…


Spot the italian, greek, etc etc.


Pretty much lived on them and cheese and crackers.


Sunshine got it right, catering a shocker, but kitchens for patient use, including toasters, microwaves , fridges and the bonus of a decent cafe with a half decent menu at reasonable prices that did not shut down at 5pm. No such choice at RMH rehab and no Arnott’s biscuits. You could die there from starvation if you did not have thoughtful visitors .


One large private hospital i know of recently built about a 40m2 kitchen setup, at a cost of some millions, then about a week later made the decision to bring in all the meals.

Your private health insurance, hard at work.

You’re onto something with the dietary reqs. Some hospitals have the standard stuff brought in, dietary reqs get done on site (hence much fresher).


I owe RMH my life - but their food is the worst.