"Why can't we have Bacon & Eggs on ward B50!"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

(as a staff member posting for a patient/service user),

Part of our work in the Involvement Team takes us out and about to gather feedback on wards . It's great to talk to patients families and staff directly about life on the ward. Involvement volunteers are playing an important role by listening to what people say and making sure it gets passed on to key people who can bring about change.

Patients asked the staff why can't we have eggs and /or bacon even once a week. Cereal is ok most of the time but it would be nice to have a boiled, scrambled, omlette or fried egg once in a while. Ward staff said that some people can't have these foods due to health reasons or allergies.

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Response from Julie Grant, Head of Communications, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Thanks for your feedback - we'll look into this with the Ward Manager and get back to you.

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Response from Helen Smith, AHP lead, Mental health services for older people, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Thank you for raising this query about food provision at breakfast. I have spoken to the Nottingham University Hospitals catering services and they have said that bacon and eggs would only be provided for patients who are under the care of the dietetic service and have specific health requirements. In brief, they cannot make general provision for everyone and this policy is unlikely to change in this era of cut backs.

They did however point out that on request an all day breakfast can be ordered instead of lunch or tea and I know in the past some of our patients have done this and enjoyed them. If anyone would like to do this, please speak to a member of the nursing staff who will place an order for you.

(For those of you that enjoy the weekly Sunday afternoon buffet this will continue as long as you wish it to.)

The ward and Occupational Therapy department does run a breakfast club, aimed at patients nearing discharge and bacon and eggs sometimes are provided for patients to cook!

Thank you for raising this I am only sorry not to be able to effect any change, bacon and eggs would have been a welcome addition to our diet on the ward.


Helen Forrester

Ward Manager B50

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