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Yet another hospital food horror story

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by JohnEGreen, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. lucylocket61

    lucylocket61 Type 2 · Expert

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    I don't think it will be long before the NHS is so cash strapped that patients won't be given food and it will have to be brought in by others, like in other countries.
     
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  2. Honeyend

    Honeyend · Well-Known Member

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    Well I was in for 5 weeks the first time, apart from the food being poor quality, everything is reheated, and I was told it cost 80p a day to feed a patient, which explained the poor quality.
    I lived mainly on cereal and yoghurt, I had to eat something. Every was over sweetened, cooked fruit and crumble, fryed potatoes,frozen veg and I wasn't the only one who was disgusted with the food there was a lot of toast eaten.
    I was on a 1500 cals/carb feed overnight which by the morning my BS was up to 14mmol, thats on 40units Insultard, the only reason I knew about carbs was I have been on here for about three years. There was no mention of the amount what I should and shouldn't eat and even now after seeing two diabetic specialist nurses I have had no education. The dietician said I could eat anything I liked.
    I understand why they want people to eat calories, they think calories mean they will not lose weight in hospital, and bread and cereal is cheap. I think the diet sheet is confusing, if you are telling someone they shouldn't eat sugar, then everything comes with added sugar why shouldn't they eat sugar at home, that s not even counting the carbs? Its hard enough to explain to families and patients the reason why mums BS is sky high, because of the beans, potatoe, and fruit crumble she had just eaten.
    So I am home, still not 100% but at least in control of my own food intake. I lost my appetite for food as I didn't eat properly for over three months, so I do eat a contolled amount of carbs. Now the feed has stopped I am not on any insulin.
     
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  3. Norfolkmell

    Norfolkmell Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hopefully I will never have to stay in hospital again but if so my beloved would have to bring food in as I'm highly allergic to all forms of pepper so eating out can be tricky tends to be local places that know I'm allergic and are good enough to either keep pepper out of everything that day or cook mine separately. Highly recommend the Theatre Royal restaurant in Norwich. They even made my tartare sauce from scratch so that it was pepper free. My allergy was discovered as a child when in for having tonsils out back in the dark ages and I was given oxtail soup, no choice in those days and apparently I stopped breathing. Nowadays they give you crisps apparently.
     
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  4. JohnEGreen

    JohnEGreen Other · Master

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    Good God I just realised I am the op for this thread I had totally forgotten that.
     
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  5. TriciaWs

    TriciaWs Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    I realise that many T1s usually have some carbs at each meal, but more people are T2 and low carb has been accepted by the NHS as a way to control T2 blood sugar.
    Unfortunately I think all English hospitals outsourced their catering so it will be a huge issue to provide for even though a holistic view would realise that providing protein and green veg is cheaper that a large T2 drugs bill.

    They used to feed my T2 mother cakes and biscuits at lunch and dinner, as well as toast & jam or cereals when she was in hospital, and ask if she wanted sugar in her tea. From everything I heard from a T2 in hospital this month, nothing has changed except that breakfast in many hospitals is now only carbs (cereal or toast) to cut the private catering costs.
     
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  6. Saber

    Saber Type 1 · Active Member

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  7. slikwipman

    slikwipman Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    you're easily impressed
     
  8. Wilber123

    Wilber123 Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Wilber123 Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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  10. purplesally

    purplesally Type 1 · Active Member

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    Sorry but I would have killed for a choice like this, I had to wait til friends family came in just to have something other than sloppy pasta or microwaved grey meat, our only choice was meat or meatfree
     
  11. JohnEGreen

    JohnEGreen Other · Master

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    Yes and you as a T1 would have been able to cope with it quite well and nothing wrong with that, but the person in question was a T2 who could not.
     
  12. DavidGrahamJones

    DavidGrahamJones Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Except for where it results in severe gastrointestinal problems.
     
  13. KK123

    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Ha ha, as long as you weren't about to argue with yourself! x
     
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  14. KK123

    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Not necessarily John, I don't think any of the food comes with a reliable carb count so a type 1 is guessing as much as the next person. Along with not knowing exactly when you're going to get your grub, what the portion size will be, what's in it and so on. I think being in hospital with any kind of dietary restriction is hard for us all. x
     
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  15. JohnEGreen

    JohnEGreen Other · Master

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    Yes to be honest that had not occurred to me if you are carb counting you need to have the information required and guessing can be dangerous..
     
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  16. slikwipman

    slikwipman Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    On the day was discharged I was made to eat a meal and inject, I was given mushroom soup, battered fish with mash and roast spuds and green beans followed with apple sponge and custard, all of which was edible and some bits enjoyable. Being sat next to a Diabetic healthcare professional while carb counting such a meal was an eye opener for myself
     
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