"Food for the haematology ward ..."
About: Queen Alexandra Hospital Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth PO6 3LY
Posted by Samantha Burch (as ),
What could be improved
Food for the haematology ward is of a poor quality and could be improved by introducing a high standard of protein rich foods which aids weight gain. I know that there is a supplemenary menu available but it's full of unsuitable food. How do you expect a patient who is suffering from mouth sores (a common side effect to most chemotherapies) to eat the likes of chips, pasties, sausages, etc. This is just convenience food which can stay under a hot lamp, which in 99% of the time does. Instaed of this kind of food how about high calorie soups, fresh cream desserts and soft high calorie foods. Most of these patients are in desperate need of weight gain due to chemotherapy depleting vital fat reserves. There is proven studies that show cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy who have good fat reserves tolerate chemotherapy better than someone who has lost body mass. In addition all of the food is delivered to the ward via a heated food trolley including salads and ice cream, the ice cream of which always arrives hot. Maybe some kind of cool box could be fitted to the side of these trolleys to keep cold foods at their optimum temperature.