Patients and their family are reminded about our policy on bringing in food from home. 

This follows a January 2016 healthcare alert from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) due to an increase in the number of Listeria (food poisoning) cases in hospitals and renal dialysis centres. 

People particularly at risk of infection from food poisoning are those with weakened immune systems including cancer, leukaemia, AIDS, diabetes or kidney disease, the elderly, pregnant women and their unborn babies, organ transplant patients, patients undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy and anyone taking steroid medication that suppresses the immune system.

If you would like to bring in food prepared at home for a patient, it is important that you speak to the ward nurse, dietitian or speech pathologist first. Food from home may not always be suitable due to a person’s medical condition, increased risk of infection or swallowing problems.

You can read more about bringing in food from home on our Meals page.