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Vegan hospital patient outraged after being served two boiled potatoes and a cup of fruit for dinner

A friend visiting a patient in hospital was dismayed to see what dinner was dished up to the vegan patient and wrote a letter to hospital management before posting it to Facebook.

Alexia Carvalho, 20, was visiting her friend Bailey Thompson, 19, at the Royal Adelaide Hospital during the dinner service and when she saw what had been given to her vegan friend for dinner. 

The meal consisted of two boiled potatoes, a fruit cup, a bread roll and some apple juice The Advertiser reported. 

Alexia Carvalho, 20, was visiting her vegan friend Bailey Thompson, 19, at the Royal Adelaide Hospital during dinner when she saw he had been given just two boiled potatoes, a fruit cup and some juice for dinner

‘Didn’t realise it would be so hard to add some boiled vegetables and steamed rice,’ she wrote.

‘Nice to know how you guys accommodate for your patients with specific dietary requirements. Thanks.’ 

She said she was offended when she saw the offering and hoped by posting it to social media she could put a spotlight on the sub par service. 

She said she was left so dismayed by the meal option that her hands were shaking as she wrote the note with the hope it would be received by hospital management. 

Ms Carvalho said she is thinking about taking her complaints one step further.

She was dismayed at what was being served to her vegan friend and wrote a letter (pictured) to hospital management and posted a photo to Facebook.

She was dismayed at what was being served to her vegan friend and wrote a letter (pictured) to hospital management and posted a photo to Facebook.

‘I reckon I’m going to email the Spotless group, which caters for the hospital, and just be like ‘is this normal?’

The Spotless Group has a 30 year catering contract with the Royal Adelaide Hospital and supply all meals for patients.

Spotless prepare all the food off site before transporting it to the hospital. 

Her post has already attracted more than 100 comments and likes. 

Her friend Mr Thompson, who is a vegan, is in hospital after he broke his ribs and fluid settled onto his lungs and said he had already lost 5kg just eight days after be admitted. 

The Spotless Group has a 30 year catering contract with the Royal Adelaide Hospital (pictured) and supply all meals for patients

The Spotless Group has a 30 year catering contract with the Royal Adelaide Hospital (pictured) and supply all meals for patients

‘It (food) probably hasn’t helped for sure — it’s one of the more important parts of getting better,’ he said. 

He said that during his stay with the hospital he had been served ‘slop’ and that it was the same meal every day.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Royal Adelaide Hospital for comment. 

The Advertiser also reported about sub par meals for patients in January when it was revealed a number of patients had complained about what they were being served.  

Last week another patient at the hospital claimed to have found mice dropping sin his food news.com.au reported. 

Trae Gauci, 16, said he had found something black in his meal.

‘So, I poured that out on the lid and me and mum both thought that looked like mice poo,’ he said.

Last week Trae Gauci, 16, said he had found something black in his meal, claiming it could be 'mice droppings', a claim that SA Health shot down saying there was no evidence it was mice droppings

Last week Trae Gauci, 16, said he had found something black in his meal, claiming it could be ‘mice droppings’, a claim that SA Health shot down saying there was no evidence it was mice droppings

A hospital spokeswoman was quick to shoot down the claims and said there was no evidence that what was found were mice droppings.

‘We have no record of an official complaint raised to the hospital about this matter, but catering staff have met with the patient to discuss their concerns,’ the spokeswoman said. 

The spokeswoman also said that the Royal Adelaide Hospital conducts both internal and and external food audit son a regular basis. 

‘In addition, fortnightly pest control inspections are undertaken with the latest conducted yesterday 16 April, which found no rodent traces,’ she said.  

 

 



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