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Sophie wanted food improved for children in all hospitals. She described hospital food as disgusting - and this is from a child who loved her food!

 

We found that hospital food wasn’t always child friendly or given at times when Sophie wanted to eat. During her chemotherapy treatment there were times Sophie would be vomiting, and her meal would be brought in. When Sophie felt like eating, often late at night, everything would be closed. Sophie began to refuse any hospital food offered and would often only eat when discharged.

 

Having researched into the food provisions at Portsmouth and Southampton hospitals we discovered it was shipped in by a caterer in Wales and was simply heated up before being given to patients. Even chips were microwaved. 

 

We are currently working with the Chief Nursing Officer and her team in the NHS along with Phil Shelley (NHS Food Review) to try and implement changes. Hospital food should be nutritious and health enhancing, made with high quality ingredients and freshly cooked.

 

Trying to change the quality and standard of food within the NHS is however, no mean feat. We would like to see the range and options of food offered to children changed so they can eat foods they would like when in hospital.

 

In April 2024, I attended the National Catering Conference in Birmingham to speak about Sophie's experience with food in hospital. The conference was attended by representatives from hospitals UK wide.

Sophie's Legacy

Sophie wanted the following things changed and this will be her legacy in memory of a remarkable young girl who touched so many lives.

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