Over the last few months I have had a couple of ealderly relatives in an out of some smaller hospitals and a major one in Dublin. My conclusion is that the quality of the food offered is very poor which is a real pity as because as far as I'm concerned its part of the treatment and recovery of the patient. On the other hand the food in Vincent's private was very good and Vincent's semi private was "ok".
Speaking to other people I got examples thrown back at me like a diabetic person not being able to get food at particular times which is important for them to regulate, a heart patient being given cheap fried food. Other things I noticed were meals being put in front of patients that needed help to eat and instead the food was taken away later or only eating it as a relative happened to be there at the time to help.
Is it too much to ask? do patients need to start ordering meals on wheels?
IT article ealier in the year on the same subject
Making a meal of health - The Irish Times - Tue, Jul 24, 2012
There is increasing awareness that patients’ diets can speed or slow their recovery but the concept is not new. Nearly 2,500 years ago Hippocrates, one of the founders of western medicine, said: “Let food by thy medicine and medicine by thy food.” Malnourished patients can suffer from decreased appetite, reduced cardiac output, slower healing of wounds and higher rates of mortality, so there is good reason to examine the meals served in Irish hospitals.