Although the medics knew I was a (vegetarian) coeliac (they could not guarentee a GF snack after keyhole, had to take my own) the food in this hospital was not good compared to my unanticipated stay in Brighton Hospital last Summer.
Did not have great appetite after the GB op but I was hungry for small portions of nice safe food!
I was offered just a banana as my breakfast at first .
I knew GF cornflakes were provided at B hospital so I asked one of the catering staff to chase these up.
She did so, found them & also offered me soya milk to go with them - in case of lactose intolerance- so the staff do have some understanding of CD.
However, it was another in-patient who told me there are several 'special diet' menus available- not the catering staff.
The jacket spud with cheapo-tasting baked beans did not come with grated cheese and side salad as I had had in Brighton.
The 'choice' of fruit was usually a banana but I once had an orange.
I had to ask my visitors to bring in nice little 'easy peelers' and apples.
At breakfast time the smell of toast was a bit annoying as there was ' no GF toast available' (unlike Brighton H).
Having said that, I was never left without a drink of water.
Even when jugs were taken away for fresh water a glass of water was left for the patients.
All the very busy NHS staff were kind and caring but cuts to the service are certainly showing.