Being in hospital can do strange things to a child or young person's appetite.
Eating well will help children and young people get better.
Here are some thing that may be useful to know before a stay:
- The hospital provides food free-of-charge to children and young people being treated here, they can choose what they want from a menu each day.
- If you need a halal, kosher, milk-free, gluten-free or other particular diet, tell the staff on the ward. We will sort it out for you.
- There is food for babies too. The kitchen provides mashed vegetables. Parents can also ask for shop-bought baby food on the wards.
- Snacks are provided between meals – things like milk shakes, squash, fruit and biscuits.
- If you are hungry between meals or if you miss a meal because of treatment, tell ward staff. The kitchen can cook something especially for you.
- If you can't eat your food, tell someone. We can help. You might need a different kind of meal. We will get it for you.
- Your family is welcome to bring cold food in for you. We're sorry hot food is not allowed (we have to stick to hygiene rules).
- Snacks can be kept in the bedside cupboard.