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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 21 October 2010
Date of Publication: 21 December 2010
Inspection Report published 21 December 2010 PDF

Food and drink should meet people's individual dietary needs (outcome 5)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are supported to have adequate nutrition and hydration.

How this check was done

Our judgement

Patients were happy with the food provided by the hospital and had a choice of meals including a salad bar. Snacks were provided outside meal times and these were generally acceptable.

User experience

The young people we spoke to on the adolescent ward described the food as ‘edible’, ‘good’ and ‘properly prepared’. They said there was generally a good choice and options including a salad bar. One young person thought the food was good but ‘a bit posh’ and there could be more burgers and chips on the menu. They thought it would be good to have ‘unhealthy’ options sometimes like crisps and chocolate. The young people said that bread was made available for toast to make snacks between meals otherwise they could also buy their own snacks. One said that they would like fruit to be made available as a snack in the evening as an alternative to bread or toast.

Patients who spoke to us on the adult ward said that they were happy with the meals provided and there was a choice at meal times.

Other evidence

Patients from the adult ward and the adolescent ward use the same dining room for meals but at separate times. The dining room is located close to the adult ward on the ground floor. We observed young people being escorted from the adolescent ward on the first floor to the dining room via an outside door and a short walk around the side of the building. The Medical Director explained that this was so that the young people would not have to enter the dining room by going through the adult ward.