"The website states:- " Patient meals - ..."

About: Barnsley Hospital

What could be improved

The website states:-

" Patient meals - For patients staying overnight and longer, we provide a wide range of catering services to suit your needs. Our menus have been designed to offer a selection of nutritional meals which cater for all dietary needs. Mealtimes on the wards are protected which means all non-urgent clinical tasks stop for a period of time so that patients can eat their meals in peace, with support if they need it, without being interrupted"

If you are a vegetarian which is a personal choice and not life threatening, you are catered for. But, if you are a Coelliac which is not a personal choice but a life long affliction and requires you not to eat anything containing gluten, there are no options on the menu.

The local ward staff did their best but the hospital kitchens were unable to help.

So why do people who do not have to not eat meat get a choice but people who's life will be threatened if they eat anything containing gluten have no choices?

It is very easy to make pastry or gravy or cheese sauce etc.. using gluten free flour which tastes the same but can be eaten by everybody. If this were done, then the words quoted earlier from the website would then ring true.

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