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98 ways to help make you better; TOP CHEF'S REVAMPED HOSPITAL MENUS.

Byline: KELLY WILLIAMS

CAULIFLOWER and apple soup, chicken tikka massala and sticky toffee pudding will be some of the delights served up in hospitals as a celebrity chef helps draw up a new all-Wales menu for patients.

A new "database of recipes" includes 18 soups, 38 main course items and 42 desserts, snacks and accompaniments that have been analysed and meet strict nutritional standards.

Health Minister Lesley Griffiths today officially launched the All Wales Hospital Menu Framework and said "food should be viewed with the same importance as medication."

" Celebrity chef, James Martin and Abergavenny-based Michelin star chef Stephen Terry have been involved in the process and contributed a number of signature recipes to the menu.POST Ms Griffiths said: "Hospital food is an essential part of patient care. Good food can encourage patients to eat well, giving them the nutrients they need to recover from surgery or illness.

"Food should be viewed with the same importance as medication, with catering recognised as a clinical support service.

"We are leading the way in Wales by improving hospital food with an all-Wales menu. "Standardising the food on offer so patients are assured of good food, wherever they are treated, will help them back to health and improve their experience of hospital greatly."

She added: "Having tasted some of the dishes on offer, I believe the old jokes about hospital food will soon become a thing of the past."

Chef James Martin said: "I really feel that food is a medicine. Patients should look forward to meal times as one of the highlights of their day.

"So I was delighted to be invited by the Health Minister to get involved in such a brilliant project that will instantly benefit so many patients. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the All Wales Hospital Menu Framework Group and the team at Nevill Hall Hospital and wish them every success".

DAILY SAYs". Chef Stephen Terry said: "I am very proud to have been able to contribute to such an important and essential initiative."

Judith John, Consultant Dietitian in Public Health Wales and Chair of the All Wales Menu Framework Task and Finish Group, added: ''This has been a very positive process with a shared enthusiasm and commitment across all health boards to drive this agenda forward. By developing an all Wales approach this has enabled a sharing of good practice."

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