Hospital food’s not so bad, if you’re in the right hospital!

Things have been a bit quiet on here recently, as I had to plan a visit to the hospital a couple of weeks ago for some surgery. I’m feeling a lot better now, but one of the things I was worrying about prior to being admitted was that I wouldn’t be able to get any decent vegan food. I could not have been more wrong!

I was greatly heartened to see that they actually had an option listed as vegan on the printed menu!

tray holding plate of rice and curry and bowl containing an orange.

My first meal was chick pea and sweet potato curry, served with rice. For pudding the vegan-suitable options were either a piece of fruit (orange, banana or apple) or a little cup of tinned fruit salad in fruit juice. Not the most exciting desserts in the world, but the fibre and vitamin content are surely helpful (anyone who’s been confined to bed for a while at the same time as having to have an anaesthetic and pain meds will know you need all the fibre you can get)!

I think there might have been some coconut milk in the curry, as it was listed as a calorie-dense meal. It was very mild, but well-flavoured and I enjoyed it a lot.

When the next meal-time came, I wasn’t keen to have the same thing again, even though I’d enjoyed the first one. Although there was only one item specifically marked as vegan, there was also an Asian Vegetarian section on the menu. All the meals were basically a vegetable dish, a pulse-based dish, rice, chapati and yoghurt, and there was a choice of about 7 meals. I asked the lady who had given me the menu whether the meal was milk-free without the yoghurt and confirmed they were all egg-free. She didn’t know about the milk, but I asked her if she could find out, and with a little insistence on my part I got her to agree to bring me whichever of the meals did not have milk listed on the allergens box (all the meals were pre-prepared and bought in from an outside company). The chapatis were somewhat disappointing on these meals, but apart from those they were excellent and I think I enjoyed them a lot more than my neighbouring ward-mate liked her meal – she told me the shepherds pie was okay, but “not how you’d make it yourself”. Since she seemed a very polite lady I took that to mean it wasn’t actually that nice, but was edible!

I also enjoyed the many tea rounds that occurred throughout the day. There were biscuits I could eat (chocolate bourbons), crisps, and fruit juice on offer. I got through a lot of little tubs of pineapple juice. I also liked the cheery demeanour of most the staff members who pushed the trolley, especially one who kept trying to tempt me to a cake because “they’re from Marks and Spencer”! I’d prepared a box of snacks in advance in case there was nothing I could eat, but I ended up barely touching them.

So, in conclusion, I’d like to congratulate the catering team at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trustย on their menu choices for vegetarians and vegans, and I loved the blurb at the front encouraging people to enjoy their food as an integral part of the recovery process!

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9 Comments on “Hospital food’s not so bad, if you’re in the right hospital!”

  1. This is so great to hear, I’m really glad you were well taken care of and I hope you heal fast.

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  2. Sarah Moore says:

    That curry looks pretty good! …and yay for the reliable bourbon biscuit! Wishing you all the best ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. emnaomi says:

    I’m glad to hear you got good meals! When I’ve spent a night or two in the LRI before they’ve been mightily confused about my diet but I guess that’s the difference between the emergency wards and the others!

    Hope the recovery all goes well ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Get well soon. Glad the food was good, but you confirm my prejudice against Chocolate Bourbons by revealing the fact they are acceptable to your healthy eating regime! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  5. brugesvegan says:

    wow, that’s really not bad at all! Over here, it also depends on what hospital. Some really have no clue and even serve fish as vegetarian :-/
    speedy recovery!

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  6. Rebecca says:

    I hope you are feeling much better after the surgery. Too right that food is an important part of recovery, let food be thy medicine and all that ๐Ÿ™‚

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