Local hospitals serve worst food in the country
Patients at Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals have come bottom of a national survey of hospital meals.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) asked patients to rate meals served at 156 English hospitals and only 3.8 out of 10 thought meals at Heatherwood and Wexham Park were ‘good’.
The Campaign for Better Hospital Food has called for the Government to introduce mandatory hospital food standards similar to those for prison food.
The Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the eighth highest for the cost of feeding a patient per day at £13.
The Trust disputed the findings, insisting that improvements had already been made:
“During 2013 the Trust replaced the microwaves with new ovens on all wards at Wexham Park Hospital, which cook the food more steadily, so the food not only tastes better, but can be kept warm for longer should a patient require it.”
She added that the Trust carries out monthly surveys of more than 200 patients to assess their satisfaction with the meals provided and operate a protected mealtime policy.