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Frequently asked questions and facts about our food services

Did you know?

  • The Cook Freeze Production Unit units produce around 10,000 meals per day, that’s over 3.6 million meals per year
  • NHSGGC uses around 220,000 loaves of bread and 1.5 million litres of milk in a year
  • We serve just under a quarter of a million portions of potatoes per year.


Is it true that hospital meals are bought in form an outside company?

No, the majority of your menu choices are produced with pride locally by staff who work for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

We buy in some specialist meals such as texture modified meals.

What is available to eat in between hours? 

We stock each ward with a standard list of food and drinks for you to have at any time. These include tea, coffee (with milk and sugar/sweetener), hot chocolate, fruit squash, biscuits, bread (with butter/spread and preserves) and cereal.

Please ask a staff member to get something for you.

Can I get a gluten free meal?

Yes we have a special gluten free menu with meals from a specialist supplier. We can also supply gluten free bread and biscuits from the catering department

Please ask a staff member if you need to follow a gluten free diet.

Does freezing the food and reheating it not make it less nutritious?

No, frozen food is just as nutritious as fresh food. The freezing process does not destroy nutrients.

Can I get a vegan meal?

Yes we have a vegan menu. Please ask a member of staff if you would like to see this menu.