Providing good nutrition is a key aspect of healthcare. It is an essential part of the healing process. Adequate protein in the diet, for example, will assist with wound healing. Eating well increases strength and reduces fatigue and you should also ensure that you have enough fluids to maintain good hydration. This can, for example, reduce falls - especially in older people.

Meals are freshly prepared on the premises and are served three times a day:

  • 7am to 8am Breakfast is a choice of cereal or porridge and toast or rolls, tea or coffee.
  • 12 noon to 1pm Lunch includes a choice from three hot main course dishes, including a vegetarian option. There is also a choice of two puddings.
  • 5pm to 6pm Dinner includes a choice of soup and sandwiches, a hot meal or a baked potato with a choice of fillings.

There is information available on the ward to tell you how to order a meal and what to do if you miss a meal. You will be given a menu to choose your meals. The nursing staff will help you to complete the menu and ensure your dietary needs are met. Vegan, halal, kosher and gluten free meals are available on request. Small portions can be requested.

Meals are generally served at the bedside. If you require special equipment or utensils to help you eat you can be referred to an occupational therapist who will make sure you have the equipment that you need. If you cannot feed yourself, relatives or friends are encouraged to come to the ward to help you and nursing staff are also there to assist you.

There is a comments section on the back of all patient menus for you to let us know what you think about the food in hospital.

Managed Mealtime Policy - NHS Shetland operates a managed mealtime policy, which means that at mealtimes all non-essential work stops to allow patients to enjoy their food. Visitors are welcome during mealtimes to help support you to eat your meal.