Am I being ludicrous in thinking that hospitals should be promoting a healthy lifestyle?
We were recently visiting a relative in hospital at Peterborough Hospital, a relatively new building, and the first thing that struck me as we approached the entrance was the women in her dressing grown and slippers standing outside the front doors with a cigarette in hand. As we entered we thought lets get some fruit to take the patient so we looked at the shops in the foyer, WH Smiths, Costa Coffee, another coffee shop/restaurant and plenty of vending machines selling crisps, chocolates and fizzy drinks but not a piece of fruit in site, we got her a magazine instead!
The funny thing is there are signs in the wards to say please don’t bring in food for the patients. Well, if I was in hospital there is no way I am eating what they serve up, I know I’ll get a lot better and healthier meals bought in from home but not everyone has that facility so it is so important that the food provided in hospitals is healthy but unfortunately I think politics, bureaucracy, and money dictates otherwise. Apparently more money is spent on meals in prisons than in hospitals.
What has been your experience of hospital food?