It may not be snowing in the South West, but festive cheer won’t be lacking on Christmas Day for inpatients and residents at hospitals and aged care services in the region.
South West Hospital and Health Service Coordinator Operational Services Joel Richters says staff are going all out to make it a special one this year for patients.
Our patients and residents will be able to tuck into a special breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Patients and residents on normal meals will start the day with a Christmas breakfast of bacon and eggs, along with a selection of breakfast cereals, various toast or breads and tea, coffee and fruit juices.
“For lunch, there will be turkey and ham with roast vegetables or gravy, or salad of the day, followed by Christmas pudding with custard or seasonal fresh fruit.”
“For dinner, there will be a lighter meal of assorted cold meats with salad or assorted sandwiches, along with chicken soup, a fruit and dairy option or seasonal fruit.”
Mr Richters says hospital staff have found, nowadays, people prefer a lighter meal in the evening after their big lunch.
Patients who are on restricted meals, such as a soft or pureed menu, won’t be forgotten and also will have special Christmas meal selections to choose from.
“Being in hospital on Christmas Day is definitely not ideal but all staff want to make the day as special as possible for patients.’’