Hotel food hits hospital trays - a first for WA

St John of God Murdoch Hospital is the first hospital in WA to offer healthy, nutritious, hotel-quality room service meals to maternity patients.

St John of God Murdoch Hospital room service14 January 2019 

St John of God Murdoch Hospital Catering Services Manager Justin Stubley said room service provided patients a better experience, but also helped reduce food wastage.

"We are empowering our patients with the ability to choose what they want to eat, when they want to eat it,” he said.

“When you are feeling tired or unwell, you may not be hungry when the food arrives and you many not feel like what is served.

“Hospitals generally waste quite a bit of untouched and half-eaten food, so it’s also hugely beneficial from a sustainability perspective – room service reduces our wastage by 30 per cent.”

The trial, which is underway on the hospital's maternity ward, offers mums and dads a variety of foods, including smoked salmon and poached eggs for breakfast, hot and comforting meals, as well as freshly made-to-order sandwiches and salads. Separate menus are also available for those on special and restricted diets.

St John of God Murdoch Hospital Chief Executive Officer Ben Edwards said the feedback had been outstanding.

“Our new mothers and their partners have been absolutely delighted with the whole service, from ordering, delivery, to quality of food,” Mr Edwards says.

“Food is very important to people and this is particularly the case when you feel ill or are in an unfamiliar environment.

"We recognise that meals are a significant part of a patient’s stay in hospital, which impacts their recovery and well-being. So we are very excited to embark on a game-changing way to serve hospital food.”