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Tucking in to tasty tucker on Christmas Day

12 December 2019

Patients and staff at Australia’s northernmost hospital will be tucking into a special roast meal
with all the trimmings on Christmas Day.

Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service Corporate Services Manager Northern Jane Fuller said Thursday Island Hospital’s kitchen and canteen would serve a Christmas lunch of roast beef with roast potatoes and pumpkin, steamed vegetables and gravy.

For dessert, there will be fruit salad, or fresh fruit, and ice cream – always popular on Thursday Island. A lighter meal of cold meats and salad will be available for Christmas dinner.

“For Christmas Day breakfast, we will be serving a Thursday Island cook-up of bacon and eggs with hash browns and grilled tomatoes or spaghetti on toast,’’ Ms Fuller said.

Meanwhile, further south, while it might not be snowing in Cooktown, festive cheer won’t be lacking on Christmas Day for inpatients, residents and staff at the Cooktown Multipurpose Health Service and Sunbird Lodge.

“Our patients and aged care residents, as well as working staff, will be able to tuck into a special breakfast, lunch and dinner,’’ Torres and Cape HHS Corporate Services Manager Eastern Sherrill Morgan said.

Patients and residents on regular, full texture meals will start the day with a Christmas breakfast of ham, eggs and tomatoes or pineapple hash browns, along with a selection of breakfast cereals or porridge, toast, fruit and yoghurt, as well as tea, coffee and fruit juices.

For lunch, there will be roast pork and turkey, accompanied by roast vegetables, cranberry sauce and gravy or a side salad, followed by Christmas pudding with custard or ice cream, or fruit salad and ice cream.

Patients and residents who don’t want the full roast meal for lunch will be able to opt for assorted sandwiches or a salad of the day instead.

For dinner, there will be a lighter meal of ham, potato salad and coleslaw, or sandwiches with salad or assorted sandwiches, or soup and bread, as well as pavlova for dessert or fruit salad and yoghurt.

“We’ve found that, nowadays, people prefer a lighter meal in the evening after their big lunch and this is generally what happens in most hospitals,’’ Ms Morgan said.

Ms Morgan said there would also be festive fare available at Cooktown for morning and afternoon teas on Christmas Day, with crackers and cheese, along with mince pies, Christmas cake and shortbread biscuits.

At both Thursday Island and Cooktown, patients and residents who are on restricted meals, such as a soft or pureed menu, or who have various other dietary or food allergy requirements, won’t be forgotten and will be offered special Christmas meal selections.

PHOTO CAPTION: Thursday Island kitchen staff – from left – Kathleen Gela, Sasau Mills and Dulcie Nakata will be serving up a traditional and popular roast beef lunch for Christmas Day this year.

Last updated: 18 December 2019