Palmerston North and Whanganui Hospitals will be serving their patients a delicious Christmas menu beginning with a traditional Christmas Day dinner at midday.
Patients can choose to have roast lamb or roast chicken served with roast vegetables, baby carrots and peas or vegetarian filo roll with roast vegetables, baby carrots and peas.
For pudding the choices are steamed plum pudding served with brandy sauce; pavlova with berry sauce; or sugar-free jelly and fruit. A surprise Christmas treat will top off the meal.
The evening meal will begin with roasted pumpkin soup, followed by a choice of glazed ham (served with steamed gourmet potatoes and salad); a roast turkey and cranberry sauce sandwich with salad; or roast vegetable and feta salad.
Evening desserts will be a choice of double chocolate mousse with a gingerbread man, stewed fruit, or jelly and ice cream.
Supper will be cheese and crackers, or berry yoghurt.
Depending on patient numbers, Spotless Services are likely to serve around 200 meals each mealtime at Palmerston North Hospital and the Horowhenua Health Centre, and 100 meals at Whanganui Hospital.
Around 90 Meals on Wheels recipients from Palmerston North and Horowhenua, and 50 from Whanganui, will receive the same delicious Christmas lunch.
MidCentral District Health Board communications spokesperson Paula McCool (06) 350 8945; or Whanganui District Health Board communications manager Sue Campion, telephone (06) 348 3170.