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  • Food in hospitalMeals are planned using a 14-day meal cycle and some choices change seasonally

  • There is always a cold meal option at lunchtime, such as a sandwich for those who prefer a simple midday meal

  • Most people will find something on the menu that suits them but if there is nothing suitable for you, please ask your nurse for advice

  • If your meal arrives and is not what you ordered, please alert one of the nurses

  • All meals are nutritionally tested to meet the needs of most people

  • Some people need special diets so when you are admitted please inform staff of any special dietary needs you may have

Meal Times

  • Breakfast: 7.30am-9am
  • Lunch: 11.30pm-1.30pm
  • Dinner: 4.30pm-6.30pm
  • Tea, coffee, and hot chocolate drink rounds take place on wards throughout the day:
    • breakfast
    • morning tea
    • lunch
    • afternoon tea
    • suppertime
  • A jug of water will be delivered to you every day and you can ask the nurses to refill it as often as necessary

Waitemata DHB has protected meal times

  • Any testing of bloods, fluids etc are stopped during meal times unless absolutely necessary so that patients can eat in peace
  • This allows for the nurses to be available to deliver meals while they are hot and fresh, and help patients who need support to eat
  • Family members are welcome to assist