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Quality of food at TCH – has to be seen to be believed

By Someonesmother - 15 April 2012 66

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I recently spent over a week in TCH. The care was great I cannot fault any of the Drs or nursing staff who did an outstanding job. (apart from one young,  female anaesthetic registrar who was so incredibly rude, banging the side of my bed and demanding I listen to her, much to the horror of surrounding staff- little attitude adjustment needed there)

But the food, OMG! The food was so bad that when I finally felt like eating after a week and disocvered how bad it was I had family and friends bring in something. One night I ordered spinach gnocci, can’t stuff that up I thought. Wrong. It arrived and I opened the lid to find a square of glutinous green stuff sitting on the plate. It was so bad I started laughing and then took a photo and sent it to friends and family. My advice to anyone who will be in for more than day surgery, line up your family and friends to do food runs for you.

I did start to wonder though if the inmates at AMC are catered by the same company or if they actually have proper food?

What’s Your opinion?


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Quality of food at TCH – has to be seen to be believed
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HerCanberra 12:25 pm
15 Apr 12
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I spent six weeks in there in 2010 – after a couple of weeks, I was begging people to bring things from home or even the BP servo. Although the custard is pretty good :\

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buzz819 12:32 pm
15 Apr 12
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I think they used to be given the same food, but that was the remand centre, I thought they had their own kitchen and they cook their own food out there? As one of the jobs you can get or something?

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Ben_Dover 12:33 pm
15 Apr 12
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” It was so bad I started laughing and then took a photo and sent it to friends and family.”,/i>

Do share the image with us.

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TheGingerNinja 12:45 pm
15 Apr 12
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Hospital food seems to be notoriously bad in general, you would however think that in todays climate for healthier food etc that they would lift their game especially in a hospital! mind you the question needs to be asked if the people who prepare the meals are even cooks by trade?

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dvaey 12:47 pm
15 Apr 12
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Ben_Dover said :

Do share the image with us.

I took photos of many of my hospital meals, mostly because people wouldnt believe it unless you had a photo to prove how bad they were sometimes.

Interestingly, I used to get family to bring food sometimes, but more often from the downstairs cafe.. visitors and staff get better food than the patients, even if the food was the same (ie. a pasta from the cafe looked fresh and inviting, where the food that catering brought around looked like it had been sitting on the plate for a few hours before it got to me).

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trevar 1:27 pm
15 Apr 12
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I won’t believe you until I see the photo.

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screaming banshee 1:44 pm
15 Apr 12
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The food has to be bland and safe so as not to upset any sensitive tummies. At the end of the day its not about having a delicious meal it’s about sustinence and a balance of the things your body needs.

Blandness isn’t helped by the fact they have to prep all the meals to go out at the same time which usually means chilling and ‘regenerating’ the cooked items.

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p1 1:54 pm
15 Apr 12
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If anyone needs an indication of how good the food is at the hospital, just look at how many patients make the effort to get down to the cafe (which does really quite good food).

That said. Big institutions are pretty universally known for crap food.

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madamcholet 2:21 pm
15 Apr 12
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dvaey said :

Ben_Dover said :

Do share the image with us.

I took photos of many of my hospital meals, mostly because people wouldnt believe it unless you had a photo to prove how bad they were sometimes.

Interestingly, I used to get family to bring food sometimes, but more often from the downstairs cafe.. visitors and staff get better food than the patients, even if the food was the same (ie. a pasta from the cafe looked fresh and inviting, where the food that catering brought around looked like it had been sitting on the plate for a few hours before it got to me).

I recall hearing a discussion on ABC local radio with someone from Calvary John James about their food. He did say that it is hard to get food to all corners of the hospital still warm enough and looking good – one of the downsides to what they do and how they are currently set up. Although I do believe they were on the show spruiking new facillities or something!

I was in John James hospital for 4 nights when Master Cholet decided to pop along. I must admit that the food was not great at all – even though the patients are all paying good money to be there. The saving grace for me was that I was so ravenously hungry after all that effort I ate anything that was put in front of me!

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dpm 3:02 pm
15 Apr 12
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Is the pic the ‘square of glutinous green stuff’ (i.e. your spinach gnocci) or something else??

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knuckles 3:05 pm
15 Apr 12
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buzz819 said :

I think they used to be given the same food, but that was the remand centre, I thought they had their own kitchen and they cook their own food out there? As one of the jobs you can get or something?

Belconnen Remand Centre inmates food was prepared by the kitchen at Calvary Hospital, which was/is run by a private contractor.

The funding provided by the government was higher per head for the inmates than the patients so the inmates ended up with much better food.

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cross 3:18 pm
15 Apr 12
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What is TCH and an AMD ?you’re using them like it obvious and everybody should know .So your post made absolutely no sense to me.

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grump 4:05 pm
15 Apr 12
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I am happy to be corrected but 21/2 years ago while mum was having a number of sessions in hospital prior to her passing away, that the food in hospital in canberra is not prepared on site but shipped in from Sydney from some giant preparation centre and reheated and delivered to beds.

It is uniformly crap – totatally un-appetising and unappealing when people are sick and supposed to be recovering their strength (the food was not what finally did for her I hasten to add).

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milkman 4:18 pm
15 Apr 12
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It says ‘So Good’, but it really isn’t…

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roostersfan11 4:36 pm
15 Apr 12
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I spent 3 nights at TCH in February and 2 nights at John James
in 2010. Food at both of them was shocking!
Although the quality of care and the attitudes of the staff at TCH was so much better
than John James! So I’ll take TCH any day, particularly when the nurses do coffee runs to the cafe!

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