Friday 17 November 2017

Does hospital toast taste the best? You 'butter' believe it

Post-operative patients are welcomed back to consciousness with two freshly made slices of toast. Stock Image
Post-operative patients are welcomed back to consciousness with two freshly made slices of toast. Stock Image

Gordon Deegan

A study by medics has found what we long suspected to be the case - 'hospital toast' tastes better than toast from anywhere else.

In the new edition of the Irish Medical Journal (IMJ), a study by medics in Northern Ireland has found that 92pc of medical staff who responded to a multi-dimensional survey stated that 'hospital toast' tasted better than toast outside hospital.

In the study, the paper's authors from Ulster Hospital in Belfast state that anecdotal evidence has suggested that toast made in hospital tastes better than that made at home, or anywhere else for that matter.

They point out that post-operative patients are welcomed back to consciousness with two freshly made slices of toast.

They asked that "is it only the patients who swear by the delicious taste of hospital toast"?

In order to answer that question, the medics carried out a survey of hospital staff and looked at patterns of toast consumption, the type of toast and accompaniments preferred as well as the opinions of staff on factors affecting toast consumption and its effect on staff morale.

The study was carried out across two hospital trusts in Northern Ireland: The Belfast Trust and South Eastern Trust.

Participants in the study included a variety of doctors from different specialities, physiotherapists, nursing staff, porters and hospital managers. In the result, 96pc of staff surveyed admitted to eating and enjoying hospital toast while at work.

Irish Independent

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