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Food in Hospital

At NHSGGC we’re committed to providing high quality food and drink as part of your hospital visit. We constantly work to improve the range and quality of the food and drink that you will be provided with.

Hospital mealtimes

Mealtimes are an important part of the daily routine and this means, as far as possible, non-essential activity is stopped during this time.

At home, people often eat in the presence of a family member and that should be no different in hospital. Your visitor is welcome to stay with you at mealtimes.


Breakfast times are approximately: 7.30am – 8.30am

You will be offered a continental breakfast with tea or coffee, cereal, bread, toast (where available) and rolls.


Lunch times are approximately: 12.00pm – 1.00pm.

Your lunch consists of three courses:

  • To start: homemade soup or fruit juice
  • To follow: A choice of sandwiches, salad or filled baked potatoes or a hot meal with vegetables and potatoes.
  • For dessert: trifle, fresh fruit, yogurt, rice pudding, jelly and ice cream or cheese and biscuits.
Evening meal

Dinner is served from 5.00pm – 6.00pm approximately.

You will be offered a choice of hot meals with vegetables and potatoes or rice plus either a hot or cold dessert.

At each mealtime there will always be a meal option for vegetarians, a healthier option and choice for those who need more calories.


As well as your meals we have a range of drinks and snacks available at all times. This includes tea, coffee, hot chocolate, squash, bread, cereal and biscuits.


We have a cafe style menu showing your choices for the full week. Menus are available either at your bedside or in dining rooms in some of our wards.

A range of alternative menus are also available, on request, for the following diets:

  • Gluten free
  • Food allergies
  • Low Fibre/Low residue
  • Low potassium/No added salt
  • Vegan
  • Kosher
  • Halal.

It is important that you try to eat and drink as normal if you can while you are in hospital. If you have special dietary requirements we are unaware of please speak to a member of ward staff.

Further information

I just take small meals
" I just take small meals but quite nice - something different every day, quite happy."
Soup gets better every day
"Soup gets better every day. Pudding at teatime is super, thoroughly enjoyed the meal"
Always all right, nice and warm.
"Always all right, nice and warm. Good choice, not too repetitive. Like the soup – lovely, and some of the salads"
Big improvement
"Big improvement. Get what you ask for but sometimes can’t remember what was ordered yesterday"
Choice always good
"Choice always good. Is small portion wanted you get it and extras if want. Always enjoy the meals, enjoy the company"
Stewed apples lovely
"Stewed apples lovely, custard very powdery and not enough rice pudding. Great service to be served meals. Always offered seconds"
Very happy with meals
"Very happy with meals, been an in-patient two and half years"
Very happy with variety
"Very happy with variety, good service"
Very satisfied, been in a few weeks
"Very satisfied, been in a few weeks"
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