Mitchell Multipurpose Health Service Rural Cook Colleen Dunne is getting ready for the festive season.
Mitchell Multipurpose Health Service Rural Cook Colleen Dunne is getting ready for the festive season.

Hospital food turns festive for Christmas

LIMITED menus and boring meals may be the norm for some hospitals and aged care centres, but inpatients and residents of the services in the southwest won’t be missing out on the festive cheer this Christmas Day.

“It’s a special day and our patients and residents, as well as working staff, will be able to tuck into a festive-flavoured breakfast, lunch and dinner,” South West Hospital and Health Service senior dietitian Cristal Newman said.

“We always try to give people something special and different for Christmas Day and make it a bit of an occasion for them and our health facility staffs around the region will be doing their very best to make it so.”

Patients and residents on regular, full-texture meals will start the day with a Christmas breakfast of bacon and eggs, along with a selection of breakfast cereals, various toast or breads and tea, coffee and fruit juices.

For lunch, there will be a Christmas roast accompanied by delicious roast vegetables and gravy or a side salad, followed by plum pudding with custard or seasonal fresh fruit.

Patients and residents who don’t want to indulge in the full roast meal for lunch will instead be able to opt for assorted sandwiches or a salad of the day.

For dinner, there will be a lighter meal of assorted cold meats with salad or assorted sandwiches, along with pumpkin soup, as well as a fruit and dairy option or seasonal fruit.

“We’ve found that, nowadays, people prefer a lighter meal in the evenings after their big lunch,” Mrs Newman said of the Christmas Day menu.

Patients and resident on restricted meals, such as a soft or pureed meal, or who have individual dietary or food allergy requirements, won’t be forgotten and will have special Christmas meal selections to choose from.

There will also be vegetarian options available.

Individual health facilities also will put their own stamp on Christmas Day, with decorations and goodies such as festive cupcakes and brownies, Christmas cookies and other tasty treats for aged care residents and patients with no special dietary restrictions, as well as staff.