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Food is a key part of a patient's treatment. Here at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust, we know that it is vital to ensure we offer a selection of nutritious, appetising and well-presented food to assist you in your recovery.

Our catering and dietetic teams work closely together to ensure that foods selected for our menu will provide not only the right nutrients to promote recovery but are also tasty and appetising.

In addition to meeting the strict requirements of NHS Hospital Food Standards, all our menu options have been carefully selected to provide a range suitable for a variety of conditions and preferences. Our menus:

  • provide a choice of appetising dishes to meet the needs of the population we serve
  • are free of undesirable additives 
  • cater for different religious and cultural beliefs and for those who require specialised diets.

Mealtimes matter

Meal timings can vary between wards. To let you know a mealtime is coming we will ring a bell or come and tell you it is nearly mealtime just before service.

Family and carers are welcome to help at mealtimes; however, we ask that other visitors leave the ward during the meal service to allow you to eat your meal uninterrupted.

  • Breakfast service will commence between 7:30am and 8:30am. 
  • Lunch service will commence between 12:00pm and 1:30pm. 
  • Evening meal service will commence between 5:30pm and 6:30pm.

A selection of hot and cold beverages will be served throughout the day.

Biscuits are available to accompany your mid-morning drink and a choice of biscuits or cake mid-afternoon. If you have a special diet we will endeavour to provide you with a suitable option.

If you need a snack between our regular mealtimes then please do ask a member of staff as we will usually be able to access items such as cereals, toast, yoghurt, cheese and biscuits, tinned soup or beans as between-meal snacks.

If you miss a mealtime, a snack pack, including a sandwich, piece of fruit and yoghurt is available on request 24 hours a day. In some areas we will also be able to provide you with a cooked meal, please ask a member of staff.

If you require any extra help at meal times our staff are committed to ensuring that your stay at UHBW is as comfortable and trouble-free as possible. If at any time you need extra help please let a member of the nursing staff know, for example: 

  • Assistance in choosing a suitable meal for your dietary requirements.
  • Help cutting up your food or opening packaging. 
  • Extra support or assistance with eating. 

Bringing food into the hospital 

Patient safety is our primary concern, some foods may not be suitable and their introduction into the hospital may do more harm than good. View our guidelines for bringing food into hospital.