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Ipswich: Hospital scores below average for food standards. What do you think of hospital food?

15:00 28 August 2014

Ipswich Hospital

Ipswich Hospital

Ipswich Hospital has scored beneath the national average on a range of non-clinical standards, with particular shortcomings in its quality of food served to patients.

The hospital’s scores for privacy, cleanliness and appearance were only marginally below the national average according to the Patient Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE) statistics.

However, the report, produced by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, found the hospital’s for food and hydration were considerably below the national average, at 78% compared with 
88%.

A hospital spokesman said: “It’s very pleasing to see that we’ve achieved more than 95% in cleanliness but we obviously have more work to do in improving the satisfaction that patients feel with the food.”

“The other areas also demonstrate there’s more we can do to make sure we provide the best possible service.”

The PLACE assessments were produced with input from patients, governors and other representatives of the public to inform patient choice. Standards nationally had have increased year on year in the comparable categories.

Colchester Hospital was the highest scoring in Suffolk and Essex. West Suffolk Hospital scored slightly higher than the national average in cleanliness, food and appearance, though it was found to have slightly below average standards for privacy.

Have you had a particularly bad experience while you have been in hospital? Email newsroom@archant.co.uk

13 comments

  • I am glad that all my bits of surgery of late have been on a "Day surgery" basis when I get offered a pre-packed sandwich, a banana and a cup of tea. Can't mess that up.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • i was in ipswich hospital in august for one and a half days .i did not sleep much so i could see what was going on.i had a chance to speak to several members of staff.they are multi tasking now,not just doing one job like they used to.this is causing a lot of poor quality in hospitals.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • My previous comment does not mention the medical staff, the medical care he received was wonderful and saved his life. The food however was a different story, which was the point of the article.

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    Martlesham Resident

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Ander P. your initial point, wonderfully put. All we ever hear about the hospitals these days is the odd shortcoming, there is never a word about the 1,000,000s who have been treated or the countless lives that have been saved.

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    richie w

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • A Michelin or Les Routers rating on the wall outside for all the food buffs amongst us maybe.

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    Ander P

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • 3 years ago I was in there for chemotherapy for two weeks ( one week at a time) and did not eat hardly anything as the food was horrible. I lost a lot of weight. I do not blame the hospital staff as they were wonderful, but as soon as they came round with the food all you could smell was cabbage which made me and others I spoke to gag and you lost your appetite.

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    amp2904

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Yeah Yeah Yeah. Here we go again. The EADT and the whingers want to give the N.H.S a good free for all booting. This is a bit like a Max Bygrave`s tale, Like I want to tell you a story. "I" (this means me) was in Angelsey Road hospital in 1981 following a road traffic accident (RTA). I was in hospital for 3 months and I must say the food was not that great. However it sufficed it was supplied and gratefully received, and if I did not fancy what was on the "menu" then my parents or friends would bring in something that was (shall we say for the Egon Ronay`s amongst us) some thing that was most palatable for that day so one would make other arrangements for one`s dietary needs. This is a service provided via the national insurance not BUPA. What do you you people expect next a rub down and a shiatsu.This is a service provided for those in need is is not a weekend away at the health farm or a jaunt in the country. I was eternally grateful for what the Health service gave me. Many thanks to them.

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    Ander P

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • This is down to the staff then, I can assure all, that the hospital buysevery item of its food from the DHL NHS Supply Chain, I deal with them daily and know for a 100% fact that every item stocked is brand name goods, there are no tesco take offs here. They obviously need to focus on the staff training, simple fix!

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    richie w

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • @victor; I know and realise that, I just think its a shame we don't read about the positive impact of the hospital. Instead its negative this negative that, the town seems to be full of miserable people; about they woke up and realised how lucky they are.

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    Rory Breaker

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • My experience of hospital food at Ipswich hospital was very bad..Thankfully I had some fruit and biscuits people brought in, as the food was embarrassingly awful.

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    england1770

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Rory - the article was about the quality of hospital food, not the undoubted quality of hospital care.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • There will always be those who criticise the hospital, right up until when they need it. That's when people realise what the hospital staff offer is far beyond a bit of grub. These articles I think are defamatory and unfair. We should praise the good the hospital does every day of the week, not shoot them down at every opportunity.

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    Rory Breaker

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • My Dad was in Ipswich hospital last summer, when he went in he was 9st 6llbs - by the time he left he was 7 stone - that goes to show the quality of the food - and as for the staff that give the food out, don't get me started.

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    Martlesham Resident

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

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