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​Catering Services

Patient Meal Service

The catering services department provides meals for every patient on the wards. All meals are prepared by our trained chefs on the day from fresh ingredients, where suitable from produce local to Dorset or the South West.

All of the fresh milk (delivered daily) we use in our cooking and for beverages is Jurassic Milk and comes from farms within just 10 mile from the hospital.

The following services are provided to our patients on a 14 day menu cycle:

Breakfast is continental style with freshly homemade porridge every day.

Lunch, a selection of hot /cold main meals and snacks served with vegetables and potatoes and finished with a choice of hot or cold dessert.

Supper, two choices of a hot main meal and a selection of salad, sandwich or filled roll and a choice of cold sweets

Snacks are provided with the lunch & supper meals for patients to eat at their leisure. Snacks are also available from the ward 24 hours a day for patients that have missed a meal or are hungry through the day or night.

Beverages are served through the day with a selection of hot (tea, coffee or hot chocolate) or cold (squashes) drinks. Jugs of fresh drinking water are available through the day at the patient’s bedside.

We can cater for all dietary needs of our patients upon request by the patient or by our team of Dietitians. We diet code all of our patient menu cards including choices for the following diets, High Protein/Calorie, Gluten Free, Healthy Eating, Soft Diet and Vegetarian. We also have a menu for patient to select from to meet their Cultural and Religious needs

Damers Restaurant

Located on Level 2 in the North Wing of the Hospital, the restaurant can seat more than 100 diners plus 20 within the coffee lounge soft seating area and is open from 7.30am to 7.30pm, 7 days a week with a couple of short closed times for cleaning and restocking, (please see the notice board for closed times).

As for the patient meals dishes are prepared by our trained chef’s daily from fresh ingredients, where suitable from produce local to Dorset or the South West.

All of the fresh milk (delivered daily) we use in our cooking and for beverages is Jurassic Milk and comes from farms within just 10 mile from the Hospital.

A two course meal is available from less than £6.00.

Our daily menu identifies dishes that are suitable for dietary needs of customers meeting Gluten Free, Healthy Eating and Vegetarian.

Breakfast 7.30am – 9.30am, a selection of continental style items and full cooked English breakfast and freshly homemade porridge is available every day. Homemade scones (fruit & savory) are available Monday – Friday.

Mid-Morning Coffee 9.30am – 12pm, a choice of freshly ground bean to cup coffees, with the options of low fat and/or decaffeinated, selection of teas and a range of snacks, cakes and pastries.

Lunch 12pm – 2.15pm, a selection of hot main meals, salad bar (Monday – Friday), snacks, sandwiches, filled rolls and Panini’s, selection of vegetables and potatoes and finished with a choice of hot or cold dessert and Purbeck Ice Cream.

Afternoon Tea 2.30 – 5pm, a selection of snacks, sandwiches, cakes and our famous Dorset Cream Tea with Osmington Clotted Cream.

Supper 5.30pm – 7.30pm, choices of hot main meal and snacks, sandwich or filled roll, Hot dessert and a choice of cold sweets

Beverages, are available through the day with a selection of freshly ground bean to cup coffees, with the options of low fat and/or decaffeinated, selection of teas, can and bottled soft drinks and fruit juices.

Specials / Meal Deals, look out for any deals that are in operation from time to time,
Sunday Carvery Lunch, with the Choice of Roast Meat’s of the day, help yourself to selection of Vegetable & Potatoes and includes a Vitality Orange Juice or Tea or Coffee all for only £5.99.
Wednesday Damers Club, with a different meal deal each Wednesday from £2.99.

The Terrace Cafe

The cafe in South Wing Level 2 serves a selection of hot and cold beverages, homemade sandwiches, rolls, cakes, muffins, scones and ice-cream. It is open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm.

Costa​ Coffee

There is a Costa Coffee cafe located near the main North Wing entrance (Entrance 2) open Monday to Friday 7am to 7pm and weekends 9am to 5pm.

Friends of DCH Shop​

Hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks are available in the Friends shop near South Wing Entrance 1.

Vending Machines

A range of machines are located within the hospital providing meals, snacks, hot / cold beverages and a selection of confectionery.

Level 1, North Wing Entrance
Hot Beverages
Confectionery & Crisps
Cold Soft Drinks (Bottle)
Snacks / Meals

Emergency Department
Hot Beverages
Confectionery & Crisps
Cold Soft Drinks (Bottle)