At St. Margaret’s we aim to make each day count for our patients in so many different ways, including through the tasty food our kitchens provide.

Here, Chris from our Taunton hospice talks about a typical day in our kitchens, and how our fantastic Catering Team help to make each day special for our patients and their families…

"A typical day in the kitchen begins with making sure we are all set up, that all equipment is working, and that all deliveries are packed away. We will then check which patients are in and get straight to work preparing fresh meals for the day. Breakfast starts at 7.30am, lunch at 12.30pm and dinner at 5.30pm.

We cook and serve a wide range of meals for the patients. Most of it is sourced locally and the dishes range from hearty home comfort foods to light and more manageable meals. We also make a large range of foods for patients that have any allergies, or even issues eating solids.

We cater not only for patients, but also for their family and friends, as well as St. Margaret’s staff. There is a small charge for them which just covers the cost. 

There is always a Chef on duty. This is really important as a Nurse may call to make a request for the patient or on behalf of a family member or friend. Whether it's a meal, a drink, or even a little gathering that involves food and drink, we are always happy to accommodate. We aim to please and give patients the chance to enjoy a lovely meal with their loved ones.

Working at the hospice is different to what I am used to, but it’s so rewarding being able to cook for patients and make them smile – after all, it was made especially for them!

It’s also the patient interaction that makes this job so special. The fact that we are able to cook and serve almost anything the patient requests makes it that much more personal, and the one to one time we have with patients when taking orders means we can get to know them and all their likes and dislikes. 

Since working at the hospice I’ve learnt that life is short and not everybody is lucky enough to go through it without any form of serious illness. Working here and seeing how brave the patients can be when dealing with their illnesses makes me put 110% effort into each day and every meal. It’s a pleasure cooking for our patients and their families and they deserve the absolute best."