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New healthy meal deal for NHS patients

Friday, April 8, 2016

More choice, less waste – that’s the message from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde as they dish up a new patient menu from next week.

The move comes as a result of extensive patient feedback and analysis of the most and least popular dishes.

Kate Murray, Head of Catering for NHSGGC said: “We have gone to great lengths to give patients exactly what they want and looked at what’s been most popular in the past and dropped the meals which patients were not so keen on.

“As well as carrying out tasting sessions with patients we have listened to them and looked at data going back over five years.”

It’s also hoped that the new streamlined menu will cut down on food waste in hospitals across the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.

Kate said: “Nobody likes to see food going to waste and for lots of different reasons we have a responsibility to do everything we can to reduce this. Many people said to us that they would prefer a lighter option in the middle of the day so we have introduced this alongside a traditional meal.”

The new menu runs on a two week menu cycle and patients will be offered a standard continental breakfast with cereal/porridge, toast/bread roll and juice.

For lunch, there will be a light meal consisting of a soup and sandwich or a soup and filled jacket potato plus a cold dessert. There will also be a hot meal option if patients still prefer to have this at lunchtime.

In the evening, patients can choose from a variety of hot main courses as well as a sandwich option. There will also be a hot dessert available such as fruit crumble and custard.

At each mealtime there will be a healthier eating choice as well as a higher energy choice to meet the NHS Scotland Food in Hospitals Specification.

Before coming into hospital, patients and visitors can find out more about more about the high quality food and drink which is available, by visiting

Kate added: “I am pleased we are ready to launch this new menu. It follows many months of planning and consultation and we are hopeful that the meals will offer something for everyone. We are also proud that the majority of our meals are made in house by our own catering staff. I hope that all this hard work pays off and patients continue to enjoy what we do.

“We are really keen to find out more about your experiences of our catering services.  With your feedback we can build upon what works well and improve what needs to be done better.”

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