St James's Hospital not offering hot meals to patients on trolleys

St James's Hospital not offering hot meals to patients on trolleys

St James's Hospital in Dublin is defending its policy of not providing hot meals to patients on trolleys.

The crisis hit record levels on Monday when 714 people across the country were waiting for beds.

St James's says it doesn't offer meals to patients in the Emergency Department for health and safety reasons.

However, consultant dietitian with Nutrionwise, Richelle Flanagan, says management should be making arrangements for those on trolleys.

Ideally if someone is in for 26 hours they should get the same meal that someone who is in hospital is getting.

"It seems that trolley crisis seemed to come out of the blue but really they should be planning with the catering department in the hospital to manage also the nutritional needs of the people in the emergency department," she said.

- Digital Desk


More in this Section

Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo cancelled due to stormWild Lights at Dublin Zoo cancelled due to storm

In pictures: The first look at Storm Atiyah as it hits IrelandIn pictures: The first look at Storm Atiyah as it hits Ireland

Traffic chaos which blighted 'All Together Now' festival could have been avoided - GardaiTraffic chaos which blighted 'All Together Now' festival could have been avoided - Gardai

10% of GPs have signed up to provide abortion services, HSE confirm10% of GPs have signed up to provide abortion services, HSE confirm


Lifestyle

A decade on from their split, Nicole Scherzinger, Ashley Roberts, Kimberly Wyatt, Carmit Bachar and Jessica Sutta are back together for a tour of the UK and Ireland in April next year.The Pussycat Dolls: Using the second of their nine lives

Ellie O’Byrne paid a visit to the Kabin in Knocknaheeny to see the supportive atmosphere that gave rise to the duo behind the ‘Yeah Boy’ hit.You’d need to have had your head buried in the sand not to have come across MC Tiny and MC The King

Aoife Buckley, one of the recipients of this year's Gaisce Gold award: It's ok to be different.School Daze with Aoife Buckley: I started working towards the Gaisce Awards in third year

Festive seasons come and go, but some moments can never be forgotten, discovers Donal O’Keeffe.Stories of Christmas past and present

More From The Irish Examiner