Fresh food kitchen rules

PRAIRIEWOOD'S Braeside Hospital is seeking donations to help them build a state-of-the-art fresh food kitchen.

The $1.06 million project will enable Braeside Hospital to fulfil its long-held goal of serving its rehabilitation, palliative care and mental health patients with freshly cooked meals that offer more choice and cultural diversity.

Late last year the Vietnamese community donated more than $90,000 for the project which now has raised a total of $190,000.

The hospital's operations manager and director of nursing, Connie Chan, is encouraging the local community to get involved as well.

"When you're sick and stuck in hospital, meal times are often the highlight of the day," she said.

"A new kitchen will allow us to serve each individual patient's needs better."

She said that Braeside Hospital is in a multi-cultural community where food is central to many people's lives.

Villawood resident Dianne Douglas is a patient in the palliative care ward.

She said a lot of people at the hospital do not like the food because it can sometimes be very bland and not very appetising.

"A new kitchen here would be lovely, it would just be beautiful if the other patients had some choice," she said.

Details: call 1300 426 666 or visit, hammond.com.au/newkitchen.

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