Food for inpatients

Food and drink is important, especially during periods of illness. It provides the body with energy and nutrition, for healing, to help fight infection and cope with treatment. For this reason, we have number of initiatives to encourage patients to eat and drink.

Protected mealtimes

The Trust encourages a protected mealtime service where non-essential ward activities stop to enable staff to concentrate on the food service and giving assistance to patients where necessary. Patients will be encouraged to sit at a table to eat, or sit on the chair by their bed.

Lets do Lunch

Family and friends are welcome to come and eat their lunch with a patient, and encourage them to eat, on agreement with the nurse in charge.

Our menus

We offer a variety of different menus and choices at every meal. On the standard menu:

  • The foods coded with ♥ are the best choices if you want to have a healthy intake of fat, sugar and fibre.
  • If you are vegetarian i.e. you avoid meat, poultry or fish, but do include eggs and dairy products, choose items coded with ‘V’. A vegan menu is also available.
  • If you need a soft diet because you have problems chewing, the foods coded with ‘S’ are the most appropriate. If you have problems swallowing you will probably need our fork mash or puree menu.
  • All items coded with ‘D’ are suitable for people who have diabetes. If you want to choose the healthiest options select the ones also coded with ♥.
  • All items on this menu are suitable if you need a high calorie diet but the best choices are those with the code ↑E.

Other menus are available. If you need any of the following diets please ask for the appropriate menu:

  • Pureed
  • No Added salt
  • Fork mash
  • Low allergen
  • Low potassium
  • Vegan
  • Low fibre
  • South Asian

If you need information on the content of meals with regards food allergens please speak to the hostess or a member of ward staff.

Food brought in by visitors

We are sure you are aware of the dangers that can result from eating incorrectly stored or cooked foods. Please assist us by not bringing in the following foods: cooked meat and poultry, fish and shell fish, cream cakes, milk and dairy products, and prepared sandwiches.

Ellen Badger Hospital:-

  • Breakfast - 8.00 am
  • Lunch - 12.30 pm
  • Supper - 6.00 pm


  • Breakfast
    • All wards - 8.30 am
  • Lunch
    • Feldon - 12.30 pm
    • Campion - 12.45 pm
    • Chadwick - 12.45 pm
  • Supper
    • Feldon - 5.00 pm
    • Campion - 5.15 pm
    • Chadwick - 5.15 pm

Nicol Unit

  • Breakfast - 8.00 am
  • Lunch - 12.30 pm
  • Supper – 5.30 pm

Warwick Hospital

  • Breakfast
    • All wards – varies between 7.30 and 8.30am
  • Lunch – varies between 12 and 12.35
  • Supper - varies between 5 and 5.30pm