Food for families and visitors

  • The RCH provides basic breakfast supplies to parent lounges for parents who stay overnight with their child. You will find tea and coffee making facilities in parent lounges and  The Family Hub.

    Purchasing food at The Royal Children’s Hospital

    There are a number of food outlets at The RCH, including cafes and food court style eateries.  All off these are on the ground floor, where you can also find a convenience store and supermarket.  Vending machines are located on all levels of the hospital except the ground floor. 

    Bringing your own food and drink

    Families are welcome to bring their own food and drinks. These can be stored in Parent Lounge fridges (inpatient families) or in the Family Hub (for outpatient families). Please leave large or sharp kitchen knives at home (we can provide these if needed). 

    Food safety guidelines

    RCH has very strict policies and guidelines regarding food brought in to the hospital from home. 

    These guidelines apply for food consumed by visitors, and for food consumed by patients. Information is displayed in ward pantries and parent lounges.

    We kindly ask all families to carefully follow these guidelines and to use the food label stickers provided.

    Policy links

    Food brought into RCH from external sources for consumption by patients

    Food brought into RCH from external sources for consumption by parents and carers

    Food Storage Guidelines for Patient Consumption

    Food Storage Guidelines for Parent and Carer Consumption

    Entereal feeding

    Food Safety Policy does not allow the use of pureed or blenderised food for enteral feeding during inpatient admissions.

    View the Food, Formula and Enteral feed preparation – Food Safety Policy.