Healthy Nutritious Food for Hospital Patients

Healthy Nutritious Food for Hospital Patients

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Lynsey Ritchie started this petition to Scottish Government and

HOSPITAL FOOD IS NOT FIT FOR HEALING 

I am currently in Forth Valley Royal Hospital due to side effects from my first cycle of chemotherapy for breast cancer. I am a 42 year old mum of four boys (7, 5, 3,1) fit, healthy and active.

I truly believe that nutrition matters when healing or recovering from illness and injury. I am not a health nut but I am vegetarian and I do eat a balanced diet in the real world. 

I have been in hospital for 5 days and have not seen a vegetable in the whole time I've been in apart from tiny bowls of soup. The food is absolutely vile and far from nutrious - there is no way I am getting my 5 a day in here. I am absolutely furious for myself and other patients. We need good, healthy nutritious food to energise us both mentally and physically for our journeys. The food is lukewarm at best and at worst cold stodge. 

I was told vegetarianism is a choice and was offered a cheese salad after having a (cold overcooked) baked potato with cheese at lunch. No other choice. I kicked up a fuss so got put on the "extras" menu which means my other choices everyday are pizza or tomato and basil pasta which is basically rubber shapes swimming in red water - no basil to be seen. 

The nurses and other staff couldn't be nicer but their hands are tied. I spoke to one Dr and he was absolutely disgusted. The dietician can't see me til Monday as she is covering 6 wards herself. 

I cannot afford to lose anymore weight, and I'm REALLY trying to build myself up for my next round of chemo but I'm in isolation at present, so emotionally and psychologically lunch & dinner should be a pleasant experience not one filled with dread and the inevitable heartburn (which I don't get if I eat food from home). 

I am now on a mission to campaign for nutrious, healthy choices for our sickest people. The body can do wonderful things to help the healing process if given the right fuel. Please please sign and share as we all know someone in hospital or you never know when you could be in. I certainly never thought it would be me. 

Let's be the voice for those who aren't well enough to shout loud enough for themselves. The situation is an absolute disgrace and it affects everyone. I'd bet prisoners are fed better! 

Thank you for reading and please sign and share.

Many thanks

Lynsey

 

 

 

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