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December 21, 2017

Christmas spirit spreads from kitchens to wards

Patients across New Zealand will be treated to a traditional seasonal meal including long-time favourites, such as Christmas ham and cranberry sauce and plum pudding with custard.

“When we are feeling unwell, we do feel very vulnerable particularly if we have to spend time away from loved ones. At this time of year, it can be even harder for patients and their families to cope with illness,” says Julian Baldey, Medirest Chief Operating Officer.

“My teams and I understand that and we hope that in some small way our Christmas menus will help to both comfort and nourish patients. Not only do we try to bring comfort with food, but we also try to share a little festive cheer with both patients and hardworking medical teams.”

Medirest’s Food Services Associates and kitchen food services crews go the extra mile, such as dressing up in theme and decorating their food service trolleys to cheer up patients at meal times.

“We have many committed people working at this time of year, to ensure patients and hospital staff are well-fed and cared for. We are incredibly grateful that our people are not only willing to come to work but that they always put patients and medical teams’ needs first.”

General District Health Board Christmas menu:

  • Morning tea: Christmas fruit mince pie; Lunch: Christmas ham with cranberry sauce or roast chicken, stuffing and gravy, or spinach and feta filo wrap – served with roast or mashed potato, glazed carrots and broccoli florets; Dessert – Christmas plum pudding with custard or chocolate mint mousse with cream or fruit salad and ice-cream or fresh fruit; Dinner – an option of a light hot meal, a sandwich or a salad, followed by a dessert.

Auckland District Health Board Steamplicity menu:

  • Morning tea: Christmas fruit mince pie; Mid-afternoon tea: fresh fruit; Lunch and dinner: Celebration ham with cranberry sauce – served with gravy and roast potatoes with pumpkin and peas, or roast chicken, stuffing and gravy, or spinach lasagne with kumara, green beans and cauliflower; Dessert – Christmas plum pudding with custard or chocolate mint mousse, or tropical coconut mango cream, or fruit salad and ice-cream.

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