Information for patients, residents and visitors
This information helps to explain to Alfred Health patients, residents and visitors what is required to ensure food brought into the facility is safe. fIt has been written to help prevent food borne illness due to food poisoning.
Alfred Health does not accept responsibility for food prepared outside of Alfred Health facilities and provided to patients or residents by visitors. This includes food purchased from on-site cafes and food retailers.
Can I bring food for patients and residents?
Food can be bought into Alfred Health facilities as long as the food is safe.
There can be a risk of food poisoning when food is not properly prepared, transported or stored. This can have serious consequences for the patient or resident.
As well as being safe, food must meet the patient or resident’s requirements in regards to their cultural/religious preferences and medical/nutritional needs including food allergies.
For this reason, it is essential you please speak to the nursing staff, dietitian or treating medical team if you plan to bring food in and do not offer to share food with other patients or residents.
What is Food Poisoning?
Food poisoning is caused by eating food that contains harmful levels of food poisoning bacteria or toxins. This can occur if food is not handled safely during preparation, cooking, storage, transport or serving.
It can be very serious for the elderly, pregnant women, people recovering from illness or for those with a suppressed immune system. Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhoea, fever, headache and muscle pains.
What food is safe to bring in for patients and residents?
What food is potentially unsafe to bring in for patient and residents?
Any food that can spoil if not kept refrigerated is potentially unsafe.
Safe Food Preparation and Transport Guidelines
Safe Food Storage and Reheating Guidelines
This information preapared by Alfred Health's Nursing, Nutrition and Food Services Departments, June 2014
For further information, regarding bringing food into Alfred Health facilities please speak to the Nursing staff, Dietitian or Food services co-ordinator.
For more general information on food safety, you can contact the Victorian Department of Health Food Safety Hotline on 1 300 364 352, email email@example.com or visit www.health.vic.gov.au/foodsafety.Top