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Serving up a festive treat for West Coast patients

Thursday 24 December 2020Health news2 minutes to read

Chef Ashley Wallace-Bullimore busy cutting Christmas cake for our patients.

The highlights of a kiwi Christmas can range from camping in the backyard to a trip to the beach. But one thing that connects most kiwis is sharing delicious Christmas kai with friends and whānau.

West Coast DHB’s WellFood team have been busy preparing the almost 140 Christmas meals they’ll be plating up for patients who find themselves in hospital on Christmas Day.

The team are well aware of the tradition of enjoying a great Christmas meal and that’s why they go the extra mile to serve up a mouth-watering Christmas feast to patients each year.

Some of the delicious meal options include roast chicken with seasonal stuffing, roast lamb and gravy and baked ham served with salad.

The Christmas treats don’t end there with a range of tempting desserts to round off the merry menu including trifle, fresh fruit salad, jelly and ice cream and Christmas pudding.

WellFood Hospitality Manager Jeannie Bourke says this year has been challenging for many and we want to give our patients some Christmas cheer as being in hospital over the festive season is never easy.

The 6 staff working in the Te Nīkau Hospital kitchen are also preparing around 180 “meals on wheels” to spread the Christmas spirit through the local community as well.

“It’s a real highlight each year for our teams across the West Coast, knowing that we’re able to brighten up Christmas Day for our patients.

“We’re also pleased we can give our hard-working staff a Christmas meal while they are working and missing out time with family”, Jeannie says.



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