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Patient Meals

The Catering department provide a full catering service for all inpatients staying at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital.

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 Meal times

Meals and drinks served at set times during the day.


Breakfast service begins at 8am. 

You will be served a continental style breakfast. The breakfast menu is brought with your breakfast tray, so that you can order for the following day. This will be collected at the same time as your breakfast tray. 

On the first morning following your procedure, if you have not had the opportunity to fill out a breakfast menu, you will be given cereal, a roll, margarine, marmalade/jam, and tea. If you would prefer something different – for instance, coffee to drink – please ask the catering assistant providing your breakfast, and they will be pleased to change it for you. 

Lunch and dinner 

Lunch service begins at 12pm and Dinner service begins at 5pm. 

In the early afternoon you will be given a lunch and dinner menu for the next day. This gives you time to choose your meals by filling in the tick boxes. These are collected at breakfast time the following day. If for any reason you are unable to have the menu ready for collection, we will be pleased to serve you with soup and sandwiches for lunch and the catering assistant will collect your dinner menu at lunch time. 

Tea and coffee 

These will be served at 10am, 3pm and 7pm. 

Protected meal times 

Our protected meal time service aims to help you get the most from the meals provided to prevent unnecessary interruptions. All emergency treatments will continue to be dealt with. 

Lunch service begins at 12pm and dinner service at 5pm every day. During these times, our nursing and catering staff will be available to help, encourage, and monitor your food intake. 

Relatives or friends should only visit at mealtimes if they are actively involved in helping to feed you and/or encourage eating. If you have any worries or concerns about this, then please speak to the nurse in charge of your care.

 Allergens and intolerances

As we operate a fully functional catering operation, allergens may have been handled in the kitchen and at the servery. 

If you have a food allergy or intolerance, please speak to a member of staff before you order your food and drinks.


Meals can be taken in your room or in the Golden Bistro hospital dining room if you have arranged this in advance.

You will select your meals from our daily menu. 

Our menus are nutritionally assessed by the Dietetics department. They are designed to offer a balanced and healthy diet for all patients and are coded: 

  • vegetarian; 
  • healthy choice (suitable for patients with Diabetes and/or Heart Disease); and 
  • energy dense (for patients requiring more nutrition). 

 Special diets

If you are on a medically modified diet, our dietician will liaise with the Dietetics department on medically prescribed diets.

If you have not already informed us of any special dietary requirements, including the need for Halal, Vegan or Kosher food, please do so as soon as possible.

 Support with eating and drinking

If you require help with eating and drinking, please speak to a member of nursing staff, who will be happy to assist you. 

 Outside food sources

Patients consuming food brought in from outside sources do so at their own risk. Please note that there are no facilities to prepare, refrigerate, or re-heat food brought in by visitors. 

 Nutritional supplements, vitamins and herbal remedies

Nutritional supplements, vitamin preparations, and herbal/ homeopathic remedies may interfere with some of the treatments given to you. You will not be given any of the above during your stay at the Golden Jubilee, but your GP may restart these following discharge, if appropriate to do so. 

Grapefruit and cranberry juice can also interfere with effects of some medicines. Do not bring either of these juices with you. If you have any concerns, please ask to speak to a Clinical Pharmacist. 


Alcohol must not be brought into the hospital at any time.

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