Young patients at Forth Valley Royal Hospital are now able to tuck into healthier and more nutritious food following the introduction of a new menu specifically created for the Children’s Ward.
Devising new menu options has involved NHS Forth Valley dietitians, speech and language therapists, paediatric nurses, a play leader, paediatricians and catering staff from Serco, who have worked together with parents and children.
Chips and chicken nuggets no longer feature on the menu and instead there is a wide range of tasty dishes including breaded baked fish and a selection of salads and baked potatoes with toppings.
Focus groups were held for children and their parents or carers to test out the recipes. These events were huge fun and the feedback from both children and adults was extremely positive.
Serco Catering Manager, Anne Davidson, said: “This menu is designed to encourage healthier eating and surprisingly, food such as chicken nuggets were never the first choice for kids. We welcome feedback from patients and families and continue to offer a range of options for children with specific dietary requirements.”
Pictured: Catering Manager, Anne Davidson (left) is pictured with Children’s Ward housekeeper Lynn Davidson and Fletcher Barr aged 4.