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Patient Food and Nutrition Services


Patient Food and Nutrition Services




Nutrition is an important part of your patientís care while he or she is in the hospital. Diet orders are written by the physician. The physicianís order must be transcribed to the Daily Diet Requisition (DDR) for communication to the Diet Office. The DDR should be updated regularly and sent to the Diet Office before each meal by the times listed on the DDR form. Once a diet order (e.g. regular, renal, diabetic) is communicated to the Diet Office, meal trays designed to meet the patientís specific needs will be provided. Please let us know if the patient has any food allergies or food intolerances as well as any foods the patient particularly dislikes. Patients under one year old will not receive meal trays as baby foods are readily available in the floor pantry.

A menu for the following dayís meals will be sent on the breakfast tray. Please request the patients to mark their preferences before 10am if possible and leave the menu in the room. A food service assistant will collect the menus. If you have any questions about your patientís meals or if the patient has any special requests, please ask your dietetic technician or call the diet office at 353-1345. The dietetic technician can answer any questions you have about available foods.

If someone wants to bring to a patient food from home or from a restaurant, please first talk with the doctor or dietitian to make sure that these foods are approved for the patientís specific diet and condition. Foods from outside the hospital must be properly prepared, stored and labeled. See Administrative Policy 6.06.10 for details. For safety and protection, patients may leave their hospital floor to go to the cafeteria only if accompanied by a staff member from the nursing unit.

Connect to Computrition

Diet Manual

Pediatric Diet Manual

Adult Enteral Formulary

Pediatric Enteral Formulary

Adult & Pediatric Oral Nutrition Supplement Formulary

Standard Therapeutic Diet Definitions

Policy on Patients on Warfarin

Diet Order Audit Form


Patient Meal Service

Diet Office telephone number: 353-1345

Meal Service Hours

Hot Breakfast

7:00 - 9:30am

Cold Breakfast Only

9:30 - 10:30am

No Service

10:30 - 11:20am

Hot Lunch

11:20 - 1:30pm

Cold Lunch Only

1:30 - 3:00pm

No Service

3:00 - 4:30pm


4:30 - 7:00pm



Daily Diet Requisition must be printed or faxed to the Diet Office by







For management assistance: 353-1461, push "2"




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