Inpatient Services

What's Cooking

Once you are admitted and provided with a diet prescription, you may have the opportunity to choose your own food from a variety of selections on a diet specific menu. Menus are provided on your breakfast tray for the following day. Please indicate your choices on the menu and leave it on your bed table. A nutritional services or nursing staff member will pick it up and answer any questions you may have about your diet. If you would like to make selections for the current day, you may ask your nurse for a copy of your menu.

Selecting Your Food

Meat, fish, poultry and vegetarian entrees are available on all menus. Please indicate your selections on your menu. If you don't select any items from the menu, a dietitian will select a nutritious, well-balanced meal for you to enjoy.

If you would like regular or occasional between-meal snacks, mention this to your doctor, nurse or dietitian. Please be sure to check with your nurse before you eat or drink anything provided by a visitor or family member. Checking with the nurse prior to eating or drinking items, ensures that the food or beverage will not effect test findings or delay surgery.

If you have special dietary needs or questions regarding your diet or menu, please ask the nurse to have the dietitian to visit with you and your family.

Meal Times

Breakfast is usually served between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.; lunch between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; and dinner between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. If you need your food re-warmed, use your nurse call button to request help. You may also ask your nurse for additional condiments, if needed. If you need to talk to a dietitian, let your nurse know.

Planning For Meals At Home

A doctor may advise you follow a special diet when you return home. Some of these special diets may require knowledge about menu planning, cooking, shopping and eating out. If you have questions, please ask your doctor or nurse to contact your dietitian. A dietitian can help provide a clear explanation and instructions for you. If you don't understand your diet after you get home, you may call the hospital to schedule an appointment with an outpatient dietitian at 503-261-6678.