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(BBC)   Patients take pictures of their scary looking hospital "food." Fark: The one picture in the article that is supposedly of acceptable food looks less appetizing than everything else   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 100
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2013-08-28 01:00:05 PM  
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To be fair, it may just be that the cafeteria mistakenly served leftovers from the operating room.
 
2013-08-28 01:06:55 PM  
I actually took this in hospital.  This is what they consider a nourishing breakfast for a woman who's just given birth, lost a lot of blood, and been up all night feeding the baby.

i42.tinypic.com
 
2013-08-28 01:12:30 PM  

toraque: [464x261 from http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/69521000/jpg/_69521295_martynlew is_pembrokeshire2.jpg image 464x261]
To be fair, it may just be that the cafeteria mistakenly served leftovers from the operating room.


This after using all my will to resist my urge to barf while reading TFA.
Thanks.  Thanks alot.
 
2013-08-28 01:12:44 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: I actually took this in hospital.  This is what they consider a nourishing breakfast for a woman who's just given birth, lost a lot of blood, and been up all night feeding the baby.

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Don'tbeCanadian-don'tbeCanadian-don'tbeCanadian
*clicks profile*

DAMMIT!
 
2013-08-28 01:13:02 PM  
That chicken leg looks like it's still frozen.
 
2013-08-28 01:13:05 PM  
When I was hospitalized with my broken arm a couple years ago, most of the food I got looked reasonably edible and in some cases even tasty.  Problem was, due to various reasons (stress, pain meds) I had no appetite whatsoever.
 
2013-08-28 01:13:08 PM  
British hospital food... *shudder*
 
2013-08-28 01:13:11 PM  
The last time I was in the hospital, I had a friend smuggle pizza up to me..    If the surgery doesn't kill you, hospital food certainly will....
 
2013-08-28 01:13:55 PM  
Some hipster needs to open a restaurant where all the dishes are based on the food that is served in hospitals. Probably make a killing!
 
2013-08-28 01:14:53 PM  
Took this at the hospital cafeteria when I lost my grandmother.

Lay off the quotation marks, guys.

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2013-08-28 01:15:06 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: I actually took this in hospital.  This is what they consider a nourishing breakfast for a woman who's just given birth, lost a lot of blood, and been up all night feeding the baby.


I'd rather have that than the powdered scrambled eggs I was fed. Blech!
 
2013-08-28 01:15:18 PM  
Partially incinerated?  If you want to steam your vegetables to mush, have at it.

I like a nice crust on my broccoli

Although it appears they did both
 
2013-08-28 01:15:22 PM  

uncleacid: That chicken leg looks like it's still frozen.


I can't imagine how you could cook a chicken leg to look like that. Steam it?
 
2013-08-28 01:15:58 PM  
Might I suggest requiring the management be forced to eat the same meals.

There's an adage here: Does he eat his own cooking? Normally it applies to advice, but in this case I'd apply it to the cooks.
 
2013-08-28 01:16:27 PM  
In before "soshulized medicine!!1!"
 
2013-08-28 01:16:32 PM  
The breaded thing with the ball of mashed potatoes looked OK. I'd at least try it.

But #2 and #3? Gag.
 
2013-08-28 01:17:04 PM  
What's hard to believe about this? Any cafeteria-style cookery is going to churn out mass-produced quantities of extreme low quality items and keep them under a heating lamp all day long whether it's a school, a hospital, or even an office building. The entire purpose of the cafeteria is to keep cost to an absolute minimum while charging the same or higher price that the restaurant next door would charge for a properly prepared version of the same dish.
 
2013-08-28 01:17:26 PM  
"That looks like a proper restaurant dish to me," says Tebbutt. "It looks really rather nice. You can tell it's been properly cooked. I'd quite happily eat it.

You're British. You would eat horse turds if they were breaded and boiled.
Your idea of cuisine is over boiling everything with no seasonings and serving it cold.
How you became an empire is because an army travels on its stomach and your men went where ever there was better food than at home. Which was anywhere else in the world. Your women are ugly, your teeth are bad, and your language rules are ignored by your own people.
When it comes to food, you suck so poorly it's a global joke.
 
2013-08-28 01:18:05 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: I actually took this in hospital.  This is what they consider a nourishing breakfast for a woman who's just given birth, lost a lot of blood, and been up all night feeding the baby.


Well now that's a shame. The hospital I gave birth in really came thru food-wise. Still in the LDR they asked me what I wanted (got a turkey sammich and cranberry juice) and the night before we checked out the had a special dinner with hubby n I, steak n shrimp.
 
2013-08-28 01:19:04 PM  

toraque: [464x261 from http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/69521000/jpg/_69521295_martynlew is_pembrokeshire2.jpg image 464x261]
To be fair, it may just be that the cafeteria mistakenly served leftovers from the operating room.


That one  actually looks tasty. The rest in the article, not so much.
 
2013-08-28 01:19:22 PM  
People are SHOCKED at how BAD the FOOD is at hospitals in the UK?

I am speechless.
 
2013-08-28 01:19:37 PM  
That looked really bad. I've seen some bad stuff in the US visiting family, most of it was just sysco's low end stuff like you got in grade school. For what they charge it should be delivered by hipsters from a foodtruck in Brooklyn.
 
2013-08-28 01:19:48 PM  
I used to work in a hospital and the food was good. Unless patients had restrictions, the patients good the same food the employees and visitors could purchase.
That had an eggplant lasagna that was out of this world!
 
2013-08-28 01:20:05 PM  
Thanks, ObamaCare
 
2013-08-28 01:20:11 PM  

haolegirl: God Is My Co-Pirate: I actually took this in hospital.  This is what they consider a nourishing breakfast for a woman who's just given birth, lost a lot of blood, and been up all night feeding the baby.

Well now that's a shame. The hospital I gave birth in really came thru food-wise. Still in the LDR they asked me what I wanted (got a turkey sammich and cranberry juice) and the night before we checked out the had a special dinner with hubby n I, steak n shrimp.


The crazy woman in the next room was annoying all the nurses by ordering Chinese takeout and making the nurses hunt through her bag to tip the delivery guy.

Luckily it was my second kid, so I knew enough to bring my own food.

New parents: bring your own food.
 
2013-08-28 01:20:46 PM  

vudukungfu: "That looks like a proper restaurant dish to me," says Tebbutt. "It looks really rather nice. You can tell it's been properly cooked. I'd quite happily eat it.

You're British. You would eat horse turds if they were breaded and boiled.
Your idea of cuisine is over boiling everything with no seasonings and serving it cold.
How you became an empire is because an army travels on its stomach and your men went where ever there was better food than at home. Which was anywhere else in the world. Your women are ugly, your teeth are bad, and your language rules are ignored by your own people.
When it comes to food, you suck so poorly it's a global joke.


They are so used to eating crap, they can eat anything they find on the march? Most armies of that time suffered from a combination of disease-based dysentery and poor quality of food. The British had an advantage in their "global joke".
 
2013-08-28 01:20:56 PM  
They need to get some of the British Special Forces cooks in there. We had some at my camp in Bosnia, they could make C-rats look  gourmet. Still tasted like C-rats but the presentation was amazing!
 
2013-08-28 01:22:24 PM  
Look, you're not there for a gourmet freaking dinner.  The hospital has to purposefully make their patients' meals bland yet reasonably nutritious. Quit your biatchin. And off my lawn.
 
2013-08-28 01:25:30 PM  
aliciabritton.theworldrace.org
 
2013-08-28 01:25:39 PM  
You are there for medical treatment, not a vacation. Do the world a favor baby boomers and just die.
 
2013-08-28 01:26:19 PM  

rebelyell2006: vudukungfu: "That looks like a proper restaurant dish to me," says Tebbutt. "It looks really rather nice. You can tell it's been properly cooked. I'd quite happily eat it.

You're British. You would eat horse turds if they were breaded and boiled.
Your idea of cuisine is over boiling everything with no seasonings and serving it cold.
How you became an empire is because an army travels on its stomach and your men went where ever there was better food than at home. Which was anywhere else in the world. Your women are ugly, your teeth are bad, and your language rules are ignored by your own people.
When it comes to food, you suck so poorly it's a global joke.

They are so used to eating crap, they can eat anything they find on the march? Most armies of that time suffered from a combination of disease-based dysentery and poor quality of food. The British had an advantage in their "global joke".


A beau geste, if you will.

/why do you suppose they stayed so long in India?
 
2013-08-28 01:26:44 PM  
Onkel Buck
Had some cooking fer us at our camps in sarajevo
96/97 if you were local
 
2013-08-28 01:32:38 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: I actually took this in hospital. This is what they consider a nourishing breakfast for a woman who's just given birth, lost a lot of blood, and been up all night feeding the baby.


This is so WEIRD. At my hospital, I actually had a menu each day (M-Su kind of menu, obviously.) Granted, it wasn't a huge menu, but there was a good amount of variety. There were sides and entree and drink options, so I ordered my own "meal." I had to call down what for what I wanted for breakfast/lunch/dinner and it'd show up on my bedside table in about 45 minutes. I could order as much or as little as I wanted. Stupidly, I didn't just keep ordering food all day for the two and a half days I was there. Little did I know how much my hubby wouldn't cook when we got home.
It was pretty good, as far as hospital food goes. The chocolate cake was great! I always had options for sandwiches, hot plates, etc, etc.
 
2013-08-28 01:33:54 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: I actually took this in hospital.  This is what they consider a nourishing breakfast for a woman who's just given birth, lost a lot of blood, and been up all night feeding the baby.


They serve a similar breakfast in jail.
 
2013-08-28 01:34:17 PM  
UC Davis Hospital in Sacramento has amazing food.
I mean, the prime rib was a little dry, but it was still easily identifiable as prime rib.
 
2013-08-28 01:35:59 PM  
I'm used to patients complaining about food. When you are on a cardiac, renal, or diabetic diet don't expect cheeseburgers, french fries, or tenderloin and you will not be disappointed,
 
2013-08-28 01:39:36 PM  
I work in a nursing home. We're chronically understaffed. The people in the kitchen have to make 3 meals a day for 200+ people at a time. While still handling everything else that hsd to do with food in the entire building and all kitchen and dish clean up. If something burns or somethig goes wrong they just have to serve it anyway or people don't eat. No time for presentation. We're getting hot food to people in too great a volume to make each plate look nice. That being said, we serve nothing that looks as bad as the things in that article. We have dietitians on staff that ensure the nutritional content of each meal. But it doesn't always look awesome.
 
2013-08-28 01:41:32 PM  
When I was in the hospital for a week I had chicken soup, spaghetti-o's, jello, a big mug of ice cream, and buttered toast for every single meal (breakfast included). At night I also got a slice of pie.

Of course I was 11 at the time, but damn if that wasn't the best spaghetti-o's I've ever had. The temperature was PERFECT (not too hot or cold) so I could dig in right away. The chicken noodle sucked, but they withheld all the rest until I choked it down and damned if I was giving up my spaghetti-o's.
 
2013-08-28 01:41:40 PM  

natas6.0: Onkel Buck
Had some cooking fer us at our camps in sarajevo
96/97 if you were local


I was at Camp Angela in early January 96 then got moved to Camp Alicia, both camps were near Tuzla. The Brit guys were at Camp Angela when we were still living in the mud before KBR got there and built the boardwalks.
 
2013-08-28 01:47:15 PM  
Once in high school I was working on a project at the school late.  A few of us thought we could go to the local hospital cafeteria about a half mile away.

Well the cafeteria apparently closes very early, so it wasn't open when we got there, but fortunately there was a little cafe that was serving food, so we went there.

The lady running the cafe was probably in her 90's and very hard of hearing.  I shouted my order of a hot dog, which the lady took and microwaved for a couple minutes, then gave it to me in a slice of white bread.  Decided it was worth the longer walk to an actual food establishment after that.  Or starving.
 
2013-08-28 01:47:44 PM  
I have tried to grill steaks for some British friends and they wanted well done...I insisted they try it my way first, at least just try it.  "No way mate, we don't do it like that in England, has to be dry and grey, no blood!"

It was an ugly affair.  Next time, bangers and mash....I won't feel guilty for that.
 
2013-08-28 01:50:58 PM  
"We" delivered at Morton Plant Mease in Clearwater, FL for my first kid, the menu was excellent! The food was excellent, and it was even brought up by a flunky in a bell hop jacket. I ate dinner like 4 times a day for the 3 days we were there. All the dinners were $5 each, flat rate. And then I got a "free" kid out of it on the way out! What a country!
 
2013-08-28 01:51:28 PM  

bacchanalias and consequences: God Is My Co-Pirate: I actually took this in hospital.  This is what they consider a nourishing breakfast for a woman who's just given birth, lost a lot of blood, and been up all night feeding the baby.

They serve a similar breakfast in jail.


Funny how both situations are similar in n ature
 
2013-08-28 01:58:50 PM  
My step-nephew (Yeah, that's a thing) got back from Marine basic last year.  One of the things he said surprised him was that the food was great.  Lots of it, and really tasty.

So if the military can figure out how to cook for thousands of people, why can't hospitals?  Or does the military get ridiculous amounts of money for chow?  An army marches on its belly and a  patient dies on whatever the fark we give them.  Is that it?

DO NOT, under any circumstances, get Mexican food in Edinburgh, Scotland.  The British did not colonize Mexico and did not bring back locals to cook for them.  Indian and Chinese food is OK, Mexican is not.  Taco meat that's really just boiled ground beef, salsa that's really just catsup with bell peppers in it, tortillas that... well I don't even know how to describe them.  Everything serve in a lukewarm soup of curry flavored goo that's dissolving the not-tortillas. The worst Mexican food you've ever had wasn't this bad - you couldn't even get this bad if your mission was to make the worst Mexican food possible.  Two old vegan Jewish ladies who thought they could make better Mexican food because they once went on a cruise to Cancun could make better Mexican food.
 
2013-08-28 02:03:22 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: I actually took this in hospital.  This is what they consider a nourishing breakfast for a woman who's just given birth, lost a lot of blood, and been up all night feeding the baby.


That's terrible. I got a menu the night before to mark what I wanted. And I chose what I wanted for lunch and dinner. It wasn't spectacular but formally was edible.
 
2013-08-28 02:05:21 PM  
My mom just spent a few weeks in a hospital (surprise, you've got uterine cancer!) and the food there was actually really damned good.

They served the same stuff in the cafeteria and it was dirt cheap too. That part was kinda shocking for a place in Scottsdale.
 
2013-08-28 02:13:13 PM  

wildcardjack: Might I suggest requiring the management be forced to eat the same meals.

There's an adage here: Does he eat his own cooking? Normally it applies to advice, but in this case I'd apply it to the cooks.


When I was a kid, I worked in a nursing home as a dietary aide. We routinely ate what we were serving and the food was as good as mass produced food could be. This was an average nursing home, not high rent but not public assistance either.We had one cook and two aides for about a hundred people and we managed fine. I think having management eat the same meals is a great idea.
 
2013-08-28 02:20:16 PM  
My older Son was in  Russia on business and developed a pretty good case of strep throat. Wound up in a hospital for a week before escaping (not really kidding) This was his room:

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Here is an example of a typical meal.

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2013-08-28 02:20:40 PM  
Hey if you're British, everything is 'free' anyway.. health care, hospital visits, surgery, whatever.... just eat the free food or don't, but I'm sure some homeless people would be happy to have a gnosh at some or all of that.
 
2013-08-28 02:21:21 PM  

JesseL: That part was kinda shocking for a place in Scottsdale.


Correct me if I'm wrong but that's where everyone is retiring to these days, isn't it?
 
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