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.
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.