Hospital’s new healthy menu a big hit with kids

Darren Cadwell goes through the new menu with Jack Morrison, 12, watched by catering assistant Marjorie Gilmour and Lee Crane.
Darren Cadwell goes through the new menu with Jack Morrison, 12, watched by catering assistant Marjorie Gilmour and Lee Crane.
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GOOD food can be vital to recovery when patients are in hospital.

And now younger patients at Blackpool Victoria Hospital are being given a real tasty treat after kitchen staff designed them a special menu.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s catering department has introduced a new a la carte menu for youngsters staying in hospital, and it has gone down a storm with patients.

The menu was introduced recently to give children more choice of what they eat, and to offer a menu with child-friendly options, as previously they had the same menu as adult patients.

It was also designed to be nutritionally-balanced, and include fresh ingredients.

Darren Cadwell, kitchen manager, said: “Nutrition is very important to children, and we felt we wanted to do something positive to enhance patient experience – children need to eat properly in order to get better.

“The new menu offers much more choice, and is full of things children like, but is also healthy, as our store keeper Lee Crane has found goods with reduced salt, and other various healthy options.

“It includes meals such as grilled sausages, macaroni cheese, potato wedges, fresh fruit and yoghurts.

“It also allows patients to select a freshly-made sandwich from the sandwich deli bar in the staff dining room. An emphasis was placed on providing food which would be familiar to children, and also provide them with healthy options.”

He added: “Menus were designed in line with the pirate theme adopted by the new children’s ward, and launched on the same day as the patients and staff moved into the new wards.” One happy young patient was 12-year-old Jack Morrison, from Fleetwood.

He said: “The food is nice, especially the pasta, which I really like.”

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