"What I felt was rude and inappropriate behaviour"
About: Sale Hospital Sale Hospital Sale 3850
Posted by Stressed Mum (as ),
My toddler was admitted to the paediatric ward with a very bad respiratory condition. My toddler had been very sick for days, barely eating, hardly sleeping. We were both exhausted and I was stressed because my toddler hadn't been improving like the doctors and nurses had hoped. They had finally been getting some sleep when lunch arrived. I thought it best to let my little one get some rest, so didn't wake them for their lunch, and it was taken again by the kitchen staff. When my toddler woke up, I asked the nurse if it would be possible for them to get another meal. She was very friendly and said that shouldn't be a problem. I told her my toddler eats just about anything as long as it's vegetarian. I waited while she rang the kitchen for a paediatric vegetarian meal. She was asked if I definitely wanted it. She said I did, but they insisted she ask me again if I really wanted it. She waited a minute and rang back saying that I did. When the meal arrived to my room I found the kitchen staff member was very abrasive. I opened the lid and saw that it contained meat. Confused, I said I'm sorry I don't think this is for me. She stormed out and yelled to the nurse - Which patient was this for? When the nurse confirmed it was for my room, I felt the woman stormed back in with the meal, and very aggressively said - Apparently it's for you! Before walking out in what I felt was a huff. The nurse hearing this exchange came back into the room and asked if everything was alright. I told her that the meal had arrived, but was full of meat and we couldn't have it. She said she would ring again and ask for a new one, but I told her not to bother. I was on the verge of tears and I couldn't handle seeing that woman again. I thought it wouldn't hurt for my toddler to wait til dinner for some food. I would just give them a bottle. When a different kitchen lady came for afternoon tea she saw the meal was untouched. She asked me why we hadn't eaten it, and I told her it's because we're vegetarian. She said - That's ridiculous, can't you just pick the meat out?
I can't believe I would get such an irresponsible answer. What if I had been allergic to nuts and she had told me to merely pick them out?!