Reading Time: < 1 minute The patient was staying at the Royal Adelaide hospital after breaking his ribs (Photo: Facebook)
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inpatient, and his visitor, were unimpressed by the plant-based meals offered
at the hospital Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia – and made a point of publicly voicing
their concerns.


Carvalho was visiting 19-year-old Bailey Thompson, during a recent hospital
stay for broken ribs, when she was shocked to see what was provided as a vegan
dinner option.

was served a packaged fruit cup, bread, and a pair of small boiled potatoes for
dinner, leaving Carvalho ‘offended’ by the quality of the meal.


was quick to pen a note to the hospital – and share photos of the meal via Facebook – in
hopes of inspiring change.

The note
said: “Didn’t realise it would be so hard to add some boiled vegetables and
steamed rice.

“Nice to
know how you guys accommodate for your patients with specific dietary
requirements. Thanks.”


says the less-than-ideal offerings were standard practice during his stay,
describing the food he’d been served as ‘slop’.

The meals
in question were provided by the hospital’s catering company, The Spotless


A Central
Adelaide Local Health Network representative explained that it’s standard
practice to give patients a number of meal options, to suit different needs.

They said: “We
are currently looking into the matter and will continue to listen to feedback
and work to ensure all meals meet the standards expected by the community.

“Food plays
an important role in a patient’s health and wellbeing.”

Emily Court

Emily Court is a writer and content creator published in Plant Based News, Raise Vegan, Living Vegan and The Financial Diet. A self-described "recovering vegan hothead," she is now a pragmatic member of Vancouver's vibrant and growing plant-powered community. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she holds a BA in Spanish and certificate in Intercultural Communication from Dalhousie University, where her thesis focused on topics of cultural and gender-based discrimination. She aims to apply a privilege-conscious and culturally sensitive approach to her work in all fields.