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Inpatient menus

While you are an inpatient our catering team will provide your meals. Additionally, a range of snacks are available on the ward and overnight.  

Good nutrition is an important part of your recovery when in hospital. If you struggle with eating, have a poor appetite, or find it difficult to choose from the options available, please speak to a member of staff.  They will be happy to help you and discuss the alternatives available.  

Please find below our menus that detail the choices available. The menus offer a variety of meals over a two week period. A member of the ward team will be able to tell you which week’s menu is active.

The menus indicate which meal choices are suitable for vegetarians with the (V) symbol and which meal choices are suitable for vegans with the (Vg) symbol. 

In addition to our main menus, we also offer a range of specific and special diet menus including: 

  • Gluten free menu– suitable for people with coeliac disease or those who choose not to eat gluten. 
  • Vegan menu – plant-based menu, free from animal derived products.
  • Light bites menu - if your appetite is poor or you are struggling to find something for yourself on the main menu. We offer light bites menu which has simple, small portion alternatives to the main menu options.
  • Finger food menu – a menu of pick-up food items designed for people who may struggle to eat a main meal. 
  • Egg free menu – suitable for people who are allergic or intolerant to egg or those who choose not to eat egg or egg based products. 
  • Milk free menu - suitable for people who are allergic or intolerant to milk or those who choose not to eat milk or milk based products.
  • Texture Modified Diets (TMD) also referred to as the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) – these meals are available when specifically prescribed by our speech and language therapy teams. Food is prepared in a special way to create a certain texture or consistency, making it safer to eat for people with swallowing difficulties. There are three levels of TMD or IDDSI:
    • Pureed diet or IDDSI level 4. Pureed food is thick, smooth and moist with no lumps. It requires no chewing and should be one single consistency. It should not separate into a liquid and a solid.
    • Minced and moist diet, or IDDSI level 5. Food should be able to be easily minced or mashed with a fork. It may be presented as a thick puree with obvious lumps in it. Food should be moist and should easily form into a ball in the mouth.
    • Soft and bite size diet or IDDSI level 6. Foods may be naturally soft or may be cooked or cut to make sure they are soft enough. These foods can be chewed easily and require no mashing, mincing, or blending. Hard, dry, or crumbly foods should be avoided.

If you have a food allergy or intolerance, you will be offered a menu which will meet your specific dietary needs. If you have allergies or intolerances that are not catered for by our core menus, you will be offered alternative suitable meal options.

If you would like help with choosing the most nourishing menu options please click here to read our menu advice (opens in a new tab) 

Meal times

Breakfast 8.00am - 8.30am

Lunch 12.30pm - 1.00pm

Dinner 5.30pm - 6.00pm 

How to order 

A member of staff will come to your ward each morning to take your order for both lunch and supper. Your choices will then be delivered to you at the designated mealtimes.