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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?

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annielola 11:50 pm 01 Dec 14

due to ongoing illness, i have spent about 5 months this past year at TCH with nutrition being one of the most important factors into my recovery and i have nothing bad to say about the hospital food provided there. no its not something to rave about and it lacks flavour but its hospital food, what do you expect?
ive been to other hospitals where the food is actually inedible it was that bad but on the other hand when i was at westmead the food there was pretty darn good as far as mass made commercial food goes.
but you have to think about how hard it is to prepare food for over 600 patients daily with all the special requirements going on and health codes and whatnot. we should appreciate that we get free health care and food when we are sick and injured.
if you want a safe options stick with the sandwiches, desserts, veges, salads or the in between meal snacks.
TCH food has come a long way though, a few years ago it used to be microwaved pizzas and jelly, now we have actual cooked food such as the lasagna and tuna mornay.
lets just be thankful that its edible

snoopydoc 12:31 am 01 May 12

“Hospital”

“Hotel”

I know they both start with an “h”, but they are very different things. Please try not to confuse one for the other.

trickyxr 12:01 pm 18 Apr 12

trickyxr said :

I have just spent 8 days in Canberra Hospital i was nil by mouth for first day and then just ice and water for next day then clear fluids which is jelly broth, black tea or coffee and clear juice then free fluids jelly yogurt custard (the best) thicker soups white tea and coffee. So when i was actually able to eat I thout the food was great however it didnt take to many meals to realise how bad it was.The key is to order what you have liked after having it for example the mashed spud was always good as was the chicken and fish so i was told(dont eat fish) the vegies ie peas beans always yuck but bread toast desert all ok.anyway i was there as i was sick now im better thanks to doctors and nurses and i didnt die of starvation.

Oh and they only have meat balls because thats all they ordered there is always sides to pick from

trickyxr 12:00 pm 18 Apr 12

I have just spent 8 days in Canberra Hospital i was nil by mouth for first day and then just ice and water for next day then clear fluids which is jelly broth, black tea or coffee and clear juice then free fluids jelly yogurt custard (the best) thicker soups white tea and coffee. So when i was actually able to eat I thout the food was great however it didnt take to many meals to realise how bad it was.The key is to order what you have liked after having it for example the mashed spud was always good as was the chicken and fish so i was told(dont eat fish) the vegies ie peas beans always yuck but bread toast desert all ok.anyway i was there as i was sick now im better thanks to doctors and nurses and i didnt die of starvation.

geetee 9:58 am 18 Apr 12

I had an surgery at Queanbeyan nearly two years ago. My operation was in the afternoon and I was told to eat only a light breakfast (eg toast/coffee) before 9am and then ‘nil by mouth’ until after my op.

When I came to (about 7pm) the nurse brought me some food (which looked similar to the left-hand side of the OP’s picture). A pre-packed ham/cheese sandwich, an airline-style (eg very small) juice and an airline-style fruit concoction. I said to the nurse ‘when does the main course arrive?’ and she laughed sympathetically with me.

I was near starving after not having eaten properly for nearly 24 hours and worried that my grumbling stomach would keep me awake. If I had been able to get out of the bed, I probably would have attempted to wander down the cafe and see if anything was available to supplement my meal.

I suppose that’s why the nurses gave me two sedatives shortly afterwards and bid me goodnight.

If I have to go in again, I will definitely be packing some food items in my case or investigating take-away delivery options.

Darkfalz 5:25 am 18 Apr 12

I went to Calvary for the surgery, and stayed for the food…

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