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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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poetix 5:07 pm
15 Apr 12
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Good practice for when we’re really old and treated with total contempt in old people’s homes.

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p1 5:53 pm
15 Apr 12
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TCH = The Canberra Hospital (the public hospital in Canberra)
AMC = The Alexander Maconahie Centre (the prison in Canberra)

It was probably fair of the OP to think that most Canberristanis would know the acronyms, especially those who frequent this site.

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vg 6:00 pm
15 Apr 12
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Never ceases to amaze me how people only become brave enough to try and rectify an issue when they get home and can hide behind a DSL line.

Did you mention the food to anyone? Did you complain? Not a hard thing to do.

Having been the subject of numerous orthopaedic procedures over the years, on the rare occasion I’ve had staff attitude problems I’ve dealt with them myself. Upon having a nurse who found it ‘annoying’ that I asked for pain medication after surgery to insert screws into a wrist and arm I told her I didn’t appreciate the attitude. My requests were legitimate and actually less than the standard requirements. She didn’t like that so I took the time to note her shifts and, when on during the evening and I knew she was watching TV, I would periodically buzz her and ask if it was still annoying.

One nurse told me that I was more than capable of going home 6 hrs after a knee reconstruction. I asked her if she’d suffered my injury previously. When she said know I asked her if she’d care for me to obliterate her ACL and ask if she held the same opinion. When I get treated like sh*t I become the biggest c in the world, I paid for the service so I demand it

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mezza76 6:05 pm
15 Apr 12
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Um, I suppose you are talking about the food at a public hospital? (I assumed that was what TCH is). So in essence you are complaining about the food at a publicly funded hospital where you get treated for free and you wish you had better food? While I appreciate that food at hospitals should be better, in terms of nutrition, I’d much prefer that public health funds went towards better health outcomes rather than food quality. In short Australia’s don’t pay an awful lot for hospital care but receive some of the better care in the planet. That’s what matters. I’m sure you’d be the first to complain if we raised taxes by a small fraction to ensure that next person who enters hospital and doesn’t pay anything for it gets a nice meal. Im astonished.

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dungfungus 6:15 pm
15 Apr 12
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The subject matter in the image indicates that the patient got the plate confused with a bed pan.

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grump 6:20 pm
15 Apr 12
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mezza76 said :

Um, I suppose you are talking about the food at a public hospital? (I assumed that was what TCH is). So in essence you are complaining about the food at a publicly funded hospital where you get treated for free and you wish you had better food? While I appreciate that food at hospitals should be better, in terms of nutrition, I’d much prefer that public health funds went towards better health outcomes rather than food quality. In short Australia’s don’t pay an awful lot for hospital care but receive some of the better care in the planet. That’s what matters. I’m sure you’d be the first to complain if we raised taxes by a small fraction to ensure that next person who enters hospital and doesn’t pay anything for it gets a nice meal. Im astonished.

Mezza – have you seen the food? honestly, a blind hamster could prepare more appealing and appetising meals

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gooterz 6:34 pm
15 Apr 12
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You aren’t really there for the food.. If it was good then you would get people just there for the food, complaining of fake pain just to get a decent meal!

I’m sure the hospital also has very strict things about what it can and can’t cook and has to be done in huge amounts for a budget!

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mezza76 6:39 pm
15 Apr 12
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Lol. I have seen it. It doesn’t look great. But you’ve got to understand that hospitals are not hotels. Medicare doesnt provide for all proceduresv& evn then it’s not 100% of the cost. The bulk of the funds are made up of state & territories where they have the worst revenue. Eg. QLD spends about $8bn per year on health, they get about $5bn of GST… Leaving the rest to be made up from transfer duties & the like. Then they have to pay for schools, police, roads, etc. I assume that the ACT is in a similar situation & in a worst position given the small amount of taxes generated here.

Health costs are rising at about 9-10% a year. At current rates, states & territories have about 30 yrs before health costs take up the entire budget. The food is the least of my concerns…

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milkman 7:00 pm
15 Apr 12
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grump said :

mezza76 said :

Um, I suppose you are talking about the food at a public hospital? (I assumed that was what TCH is). So in essence you are complaining about the food at a publicly funded hospital where you get treated for free and you wish you had better food? While I appreciate that food at hospitals should be better, in terms of nutrition, I’d much prefer that public health funds went towards better health outcomes rather than food quality. In short Australia’s don’t pay an awful lot for hospital care but receive some of the better care in the planet. That’s what matters. I’m sure you’d be the first to complain if we raised taxes by a small fraction to ensure that next person who enters hospital and doesn’t pay anything for it gets a nice meal. Im astonished.

Mezza – have you seen the food? honestly, a blind hamster could prepare more appealing and appetising meals

A blind hamster would BE a more appealing and appetising meal.

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How_Canberran 7:07 pm
15 Apr 12
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vg said :

Never ceases to amaze me how people only become brave enough to try and rectify an issue when they get home and can hide behind a DSL line.

Did you mention the food to anyone? Did you complain? Not a hard thing to do.

Having been the subject of numerous orthopaedic procedures over the years, on the rare occasion I’ve had staff attitude problems I’ve dealt with them myself. Upon having a nurse who found it ‘annoying’ that I asked for pain medication after surgery to insert screws into a wrist and arm I told her I didn’t appreciate the attitude. My requests were legitimate and actually less than the standard requirements. She didn’t like that so I took the time to note her shifts and, when on during the evening and I knew she was watching TV, I would periodically buzz her and ask if it was still annoying.

One nurse told me that I was more than capable of going home 6 hrs after a knee reconstruction. I asked her if she’d suffered my injury previously. When she said know I asked her if she’d care for me to obliterate her ACL and ask if she held the same opinion. When I get treated like sh*t I become the biggest c in the world, I paid for the service so I demand it

…..and they will wait patiently for your next visit just to cater for your ‘demands’.

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cranky 7:07 pm
15 Apr 12
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Spent a couple of weeks in TCH a year or so ago. I eat to stay alive, and have nothing but praise for the meals provided. Seemed to me to be balanced nutricianlly (sp?) and well worth eating.

Its not like your paying a squillion dollars per meal.

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cross 7:48 pm
15 Apr 12
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p1 said :

TCH = The Canberra Hospital (the public hospital in Canberra)
AMC = The Alexander Maconahie Centre (the prison in Canberra)

It was probably fair of the OP to think that most Canberristanis would know the acronyms, especially those who frequent this site.

Lived in Canberra for 40 years and never heard these but then I’m not in the public service were these acronyms run riot.
P.S. It’s Alexander Maconochie Centre sorry for the correction,could’nt help myself.

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m00nee 8:11 pm
15 Apr 12
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A few years ago I spent a week at calvary. After three days the nurses noted that I must be getting better. Considering how crappy I felt I had to ask how they came to that conclusion.

The answer? “Because you’ve stopped eating the food”.

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milkman 9:12 pm
15 Apr 12
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cross said :

p1 said :

TCH = The Canberra Hospital (the public hospital in Canberra)
AMC = The Alexander Maconahie Centre (the prison in Canberra)

It was probably fair of the OP to think that most Canberristanis would know the acronyms, especially those who frequent this site.

Lived in Canberra for 40 years and never heard these but then I’m not in the public service were these acronyms run riot.
P.S. It’s Alexander Maconochie Centre sorry for the correction,could’nt help myself.

Let’s just call it the gaol and be done with it.

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el 9:27 pm
15 Apr 12
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cross said :

P.S. It’s Alexander Maconochie Centre sorry for the correction,could’nt help myself.

“Couldn’t”.

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