"Waste of food"
About: Royal Alexandra Hospital / Gynaecology Royal Alexandra Hospital Gynaecology PA2 9PN
Posted by Forbidden fruit (as ),
Ward 18, end of October 2014.
Food completely inedible. Patients gazing hopelessly at their plates and asking each other "What's it supposed to be? " then laying down their forks after two mouthfuls. Patients weren't offered menu choices and, as a vegetarian, I had a plate of mince and taties placed in front of me. I settled for mash, carrots and sprouts. Carrots and sprouts were a textbook example of how NOT to cook vegetables. Carrots - marble-sized balls of orange jelly. Sprouts - little sorry piles of soggy leaves. And how can you ruin mashed potato, for goodness sake? ?
Strangest thing - everything smelled and tasted the same - sort of black and old, as though everything had been cooked together for a very, very long time. Blindfolded, it would have been impossible from either taste or texture to tell whether you were eating macaroni cheese or apple crumble - and I can verify this because I tried both.
My request for fresh fruit was met with a startled offer to see if some could be found in the kitchen.
The waste of food was unbelievable. One visitor hesitated to come into the ward because she thought food was about to be served. In fact, the trolleys laden with full plates were the rejected food being taken away.