107 Times Hospital Food Was So Bad, People Just Had To Shame It Online

If hospitals are supposed to help you get well, then they ought to be doing this in every single way possible. From making the surroundings warm and welcoming to providing you nutritious, wholesome, and homely meals so you can get your strength back as fast as possible. Unfortunately, you Pandas and I all know that this isn’t the case. Hospital food is absolutely horrid in a huge number of hospitals. And, frankly, we deserve better.

We wanted to show you just how bad hospital food can get all over the world, so our hard-working team at Bored Panda compiled this list that’s bound to make you angry like professional chef Gordon Ramsay. Remember to upvote the best of the worst photos and let us know what the food was like during your most recent stay at the hospital.

The reason why hospital food is so bad and so banal it hurts is because of money. Or rather, the lack of it. And let’s not forget the fact that often hospitals don’t even make the food that they serve to patients and the staff members themselves; they outsource it. As you’re about to find out, there are quite a few things that look as lonely on a plate as two tiny sausages with some parsley.

#1 What You Get For Breakfast In A Hungarian Hospital

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#2 This Is The Meal My Wife’s Hospital Had The Audacity To Serve For Nurses Appreciation Week. I Live In Phoenix

After a year nurse shortages, running out of PPE, working employees to the bone without hazard pay.

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#3 Hospital Administration Told Us They’d Be Treating Us To Dinner During Our Shift. “Dinner” Is One Individual, Frozen, Uncooked Meatloaf Per Person. This Is Georgia

Happy nurse’s week, y’all.

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Financially speaking, feeding people well is expensive. And the thinking tends to be, why bother giving someone nutritious, healthy, costly meals when you can get away with a piece of bread and a sad chunk of cheese? After all, a hospital is all about helping you get better, not feeding you.

However, that line of thinking simply doesn’t work when you consider the huge importance that food has on our health. In fact, have a think about how you feel when you’ve been eating fresh food for a while versus how lethargic you feel when you’ve been consuming plenty of sugar and fast food. The difference is night and day.

#4 This Hospital In USA Failed

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#5 Hospital Food In Italy

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#6 My Hospital Roast Dinner

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According to ‘Wise Geek,’ hospital food is a subset of institutional food which focuses on cutting costs and appealing to the widest number of customers as possible. Though, to be fair, it’s tough to imagine how the bland/disgusting food that’s served is meant to appeal to anyone.

Is it enough for you to survive in a tight spot? Probably. Is it something that’s going to rouse your spirits and give your body the necessary nutrients to get stronger quickly? Doubtful. The secret ingredient might be love, but there’s not much of that around!

#7 Dinner In Irish Maternity Hospital

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#8 Since We’re Posting Our Hospital Meals (UK)

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#9 My Hospital Food Memories Are Scary. It’s Lithuania

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For the majority of us, hospital food will only ever be a quirky anecdote to tell our friends. But we forget about the people who stay in hospitals for weeks, months, and even years at a time. Imagine having to eat that swill every day. Food and cooking are important parts of being a human being and a member of your local community and society at large.

I’d actually argue that by feeding people bland, ghastly, and shocking food, you’re depriving them of one of the biggest joys of being human. And that can’t be good for your health. Physical, emotional, or spiritual.

#10 Friend Sent This To Me – It’s From A Hospital Canteen In Ireland

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#11 Hospital Lunch In Romania

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#12 I Knew I Took This Picture For A Reason. Feast Your Eyes On My Hospital Breakfast In America

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#13 Celebratory Steak Dinner Offered By Hospital For Proud Mother And Father

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#14 German Hospital Food

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#15 This “Chicken Tikka” My Boyfriend Got Served In Hospital Today. We Are From Wales In Britain

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#16 Yesterday’s Hospital Breakfast In Chicago. The Garnish Really Makes It

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#17 Mums In Hospital Over The Weekend With Heart Trouble. She Sent Me A Picture Of Her Lunch. It’s England

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#18 Hospital Food. Note The Garnish

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#19 “Lasagna” According To Adventist Hospital

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#20 The Toasts One Of My Patients Got At The Hospital For Breakfast

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#21 Hospital Dinner In Germany At 16:30

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#22 Yum, Hospital Food

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#23 Vegan Hospital Food: Potato

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#24 Nutritious Swedish Hospital Breakfast

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#25 Horrible Vegan Hospital Food, New Mexican Style

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#26 This French Hospital Food Is Getting Worse – Potatoes And What I Think Was A Boiled Cabbage

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#27 This Veggie Burger Was Served To Me In The Hospital. 10/10 For Presentation

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#28 Hospital Food At Its Best! Just What A New Mother Needs After A Long, Traumatic Delivery. This Is UK

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#29 Groats With Vomit, From My Stay At A Polish Hospital

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#30 Vegetarian Meal Sent Up For My Friends Hospital Meal

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#31 Can You Identify My Austrian Hospital Food?

A good guess might be “depression”, but actually, it was some sort of cow paste (it immediately fell apart, it was basically the consistency of mousse) in paprika sauce, mashed potato, and mushy pea purée.

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#32 My Breakfast Today In The Hospital. Dry Bread, One Slice Of American Cheese, Bit Of Jam, Sugar And Milk For Instant Coffee. It’s Not Prison, Just A Belgian Hospital

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#33 My Breakfast In The Hospital This Morning. I’m Sure It Only Cost Me About $75.00

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#34 I Present An American Hospital Cheeseburger

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#35 Hospital Food Looks Like The Opposite Of Food. America The Great US

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#36 Polish Hospital Food

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#37 My First Meal In A Week, At A Hospital For Meningitis, Entertain Me, Please. Milwaukee​, Wisconsin

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#38 Third Week Of Living On Vegan Hospital Food And I’ve Lost 10 Kg. I Have No Idea What This Is

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#39 Looks Like It Was Cooked About 4 Weeks Ago

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#40 Hospital Cafeteria, Bon Appetit

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#41 It’s Bad

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#42 Wow, Looks Like A Healthy Meal

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#43 This Hot Dog From The Toronto Hospital For Sick Kids

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#44 Staying At A Hospital In Montreal. No Dietary Restrictions (Injured My Leg). This Was What Was Presented This Morning Along With A Cup Of Coffee

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#45 A Hospitals Take On Vegetarian Cuisine. Germany

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#46 Cooked Sauerkraut With Uncooked Turkey Fillet In My University Hospital In Germany

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#47 Hospital Breakfast

It’s baked eggs covered with American cheese.

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#48 Chicken Teriyaki Given To Us For Nurses Week By My Hospital

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#49 Hospital Food Yummy

It’s mashed potatoes, something you’d feed to your bunny (or is it some kind of chicken pellets?), and water I guess?

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#50 I See Your Walmart Philly, And Raise You A Hospital Cafeteria In Philly

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#51 Side Of Bacon At The Hospital In Florida

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#52 2 Buttered Slices Of Bread, Some Kind Of Sweet Bun And Strawberry Jam. Hospital Food Hours. Honestly The Bread Is The Best Part. Southern Poland

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#53 US Hospital Food: Gourmet Baked Potato, Fresh Steamed Baby Carrots, And Fresh Fruit Cup. And Cranberry Juice. And That’s The Description On The Menu

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#54 My Girlfriend’s Grandma Is In The Hospital. This Is Her Dinner. Yes, It Came Labeled That Way

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#55 In The St. Michaels Hospital, Toronto, And They Just Served Dinner

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#56 In This Hospital In Ontario, When They Say “Fresh Poutine”, They Really Mean “Frozen Fries Topped With Demolished Cheese Slices”

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#57 Breakfast In Hospital In Serbia

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#58 Hong Kong Hospital Food. The Same 4 Meals On Repeat For 3 Weeks

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#59 Hospital Food Makes Me Wanna Cry

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#60 Tasty Full English Breakfast From Raffles Hospital, Singapore

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#61 Vegan Option From My Hospital Breakfast

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#62 My Lovely Vegan Lunch While I Was In Hospital In UK. Dry Potato No Vegan Spread

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#63 This Is What The NHS Call A Turkey Dinner And All The Trimmings For Someone Recovering From Cancer

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#64 Lunch At The Cardiovascular Surgery Hospital

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#65 Steak Hawaii I Got At A Hospital In Germany

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#66 Vegetarian Dinner Option At The Hospital

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#67 Although I’m Grateful My Hospital Is Concerned And Busy With Covid, This Is My Omelet After 48 Hours Of ER/ICU Call

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#68 I’m A Cancer Patient In The Hospital. Instant Mashed Potatoes Mixed Into Chicken Broth

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#69 Girlfriend’s Clear Liquid Only “Meal” At The Hospital

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#70 Hospital Vegetable Lasagne

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#71 Since We’re Sharing Hospital Food, Here Is What We Receive For Breakfast Every Day At A Public Hospital In Rome, Italy

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#72 My Mom Was Vegan And This Is What They Brought Her

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#73 Puerto Rico Hospital Food

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#74 Yummy American Hospital Food. Ketchup And Mustard, Salad With A Side Of Lettuce

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#75 The Hospital Food In Norway Is Fantastic. This Is Dinner. I Thought They Were Joking

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#76 Hospital Food In Lithuania

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#77 Hospital Breakfast

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#78 Hospital Food Services At Local Hospital In Halifax, Nova Scotia

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#79 In Case You Were Wondering If There’s Been A Change In Hospital Food For New Mamas. Nope. Still Unappetizing And Uneaten. Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto

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#80 I’ve Been Nil By Mouth For 48 Hours In UK Hospital Due To Surgery – This Was My First Meal – The “Vegan Option”

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#81 What Kind Of Weird Combo Is That

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#82 Lasagne And Mashed Potatoes

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#83 Hospital Breakfast In Australia. Day 3 In The Hospital And Only The Third Meal I’ve Had. They’ve All Been Jelly And Apple Juice

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#84 Looks Like Its Regurgitated Beef On A Bun And Carrots For Lunch Today

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#85 A Friend’s Pregnant Wife Has Been Taken To Hospital In Torun, Poland. This Is What She Got For Dinner And Breakfast

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#86 The Food I Got In The Hospital I’m Recovering In. I Don’t Even Know What I’m Looking At. Ph And The Bread Is Hard As A Rock

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#87 Hospital Food In Lithuania

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#88 This Is Called A Fancy Dinner Here In Lithuanian Hospital

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#89 Good Old Hospital Chicken Parmesan

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#90 Is This Page Still Accepting Hospital Food?

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#91 Stuck In This UK Hospital All Weekend. This Does Not Make It Any Easier

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#92 Egyptian Hospital Food

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#93 Love Me Some Crappy Hospital Food. Germany

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#94 Hospital Omelet

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#95 Coworker Had A Surgical Procedure Relating To Diverticulosis. This Was His Hospital Food A Couple Days Post-Recovery. American Healthcare

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#96 QLD Hospital Food. Or Mr Hanky

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#97 NHS Hospital Food, Cottage Pie And Beans

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#98 Someone Posted Their Japanese Hospital Food. Here Is What I Got In America

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#99 Hospital Food From Konstanz, Germany. And I Had To Hobble Down The Hallway And Pick It Up Myself

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#100 This Chicken I Woke Up To In The Hospital. Had Been Sitting For Quite Awhile. Not Like That Could’ve Made It Much Worse

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#101 Hospital Food Korea

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#102 Vegan Hospital Food

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#103 Third Day At The Hospital And The First Time I Got Served Some “Veggies”. Really? And Everyone Wonders Why People Get Sick, Overweight Or Diabetes

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#104 Bad Hospital Food. At Least This Had Something Green Thrown On Top

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#105 Be Very, Very Glad You Are Not Eating Hospital Food. My Mom’s “Appetizing” Dinner

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#106 Hospital Dinner, England

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#107 My Fiancée Is In The Hospital In Canada. Hospital Food Sucks

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