Sugar to be cut by June
SUGAR is being kicked to the kerb, as the Roma Hospital phases out unhealthy drinks from its canteen.
All South West Hospital and Health Service facilities will no longer stock drinks with high levels of sugar from June, as part of the Queensland Health’s new guide.
The new and healthier lines which will be available for patients and visitors is a move South West HHS chief executive Linda Patat said placed their facilities at the forefront of providing healthier services.
“The drinks guide aims to provide a healthier range of options for patients, visitors and staff at Queensland Health facilities,” Ms Patat said.
“Within the South West HHS, we have vending machines at Roma, Mitchell, St George and Charleville hospitals and an in-hospital cafes (and) canteen at Roma.
“In line with the best practice guide, our drink vending machines at Roma and Mitchell now offer only sugar-free drinks or water.”
Ms Patat said the changes were intended to promote a healthier choice for patients, visitors and staff, as well as offering an example to the broader community.
New food options have also been rolled out to compliment the changes to the drinks menu at all inpatient and aged care health facilities across the region.
HEALTHY FUTURE: Raelene Dale, from the Roma Hospital, and Rohan Ballon, from South West HHS, check out the sugar-free drink options at the hospital canteen.