Meals and food in hospital

Eating well in hospital is an important part of your recovery and can help you to go home sooner.

Our meals services

During your hospital stay you will be served three meals and a morning and afternoon snack each day.

Meal times
Breakfast: 7.30-8.30am
Morning tea: 7.30-8.30am
Lunch: 12noon-12.45pm
Afternoon tea: 2pm
Dinner: 5-5.45pm
Supper: 7pm

Each day you will select your meals for the following day from our monthly menu. We will collect your meal selection throughout the day either electronically or in person.

Food services staff will visit you each day to discuss your menu choices and help if you have any special needs or require a religious/cultural diet.

Our nurses can also help you choose your meals if you have any dietary restrictions, requirements or requests. Our on-site dietician is available to discuss your nutritional requirements.

Alcohol consumption is not advised during your stay in hospital. Ask the nurse unit manager for permission for limited alcohol consumption.

Dietary requirements – talk to us

If you have any concerns or questions about the patient’s nutritional requirements, cultural or religious needs, or if the patient is having swallowing difficulties and has been placed on thickened drinks or texture-modified food, please speak to your nurse or a member of the health care team.

Bringing in food for patients

Families and friends sometimes bring in food as a treat for patients or to supplement the existing menu.

You can bring in food for patients as long as the food is safe and the patient is not on a special diet or experiencing swallowing problems.

Please store any food brought into the hospital in a disposable container, and let the staff know about food you bring so that it can be labelled.

There can be a risk of food poisoning when food is not properly prepared, transported or stored. This can have serious consequences for the patient.

For patients who are on normal diets you can bring:

  • pretzels, potato chips, dry biscuits e.g. Salada, Savoy, rice crackers, water crackers.
  • muesli bars, sweet biscuits e.g. Scotch Fingers, Butternut Snaps, Granita, fruit biscuits, biscotti.
  • fresh and dried fruit.
  • bread, bread sticks, bagels, unleavened bread.
  • muffins, cakes, scones, pikelets (no cream).
  • boiled lollies, liquorice, mints.

Please do not bring:

  • any food that can spoil if not refrigerated.
  • raw or cooked meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, oysters.
  • rice and pasta dishes, casseroles, soups, sauces.
  • soft cheeses, deli meats, pates.
  • salads and other items containing dairy products or creamy dressings e.g. coleslaw, potato salad.
  • sweet dishes containing custard or cream.
  • sandwiches with potentially hazardous food fillings e.g. meat, fish, poultry, cheese.

Hospital guidelines

St Vincent’s Private Hospital cannot accept responsibility for food prepared externally that is given to patients by relatives and visitors. However, there are storage and reheating facilities available that patients and visitors are welcome to use for safe foods.

Read more about eating well and patient safety.

For more information please contact our Nutrition Department on tel: 03 9411 7550.

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