Patient meals and food outlets at Westmead

Most of the time, patients receive a menu and can choose their meals.

However, if your child has a short admission, they may not have the chance to do this.

There are dietary assistants and dietitians who are available to answer your questions or help with any special dietary needs.

  • Never give food or drink to your child if there is a ‘Nil by Mouth’ or ‘NBM’ notice on the bed. This could be dangerous for your child.
  • Please do not give food or drink to any child other than your own.

Meals for parents

The hospital is not able to provide meals to parents, carers or siblings.

You are welcome to bring food onto the ward and keep it in the fridge in the parents’ lounge area .

Please remember to mark food clearly with your name and the date, and don't forget to take it with you when you go home .

Bringing food into the hospital 

Food safety is important for you and your child.

To avoid bacteria and food poisoning, it needs to be kept below 5°C or above 60°C. 

If you bring food into the Hospital, please remember:

  • chill hot food overnight
  • bring cold food or chilled food in an esky with ice
  • food can be reheated in the microwave on the ward
  • please make sure it’s hot before eating

Please tell the nursing staff if you have brought food for your child to the hospital. They will make sure it does not interfere with your child’s diet or treatment plan.

Snack trolley

A snack trolley for patients is located on each ward.

A variety of snacks can be purchased from a trolley that volunteers bring to each ward every weekday morning (except on public holidays).

Vending machines

Snacks, drinks and other items such as toiletries are available from vending machines located throughout the hospital.

Bear Bite Eatery

The Bear Bite Eatery has a variety of hot foods, salads, sandwiches, sushi, drinks, fruit, snacks, some grocery items, newspapers and magazines. 

The Bear Bite Eatery is located on Level 1 at the bottom of the ramp and is open 7 days a week

  • 8am - 8pm Monday - Friday
  • 8:30am - 7:30pm weekends and public holidays.

Bear Brasserie

Bear Brasserie cafe provides gourmet style food and beverages in a café setting without having to leave the hospital.

Bear Brasserie is located on Level 2 at the end of the Galleria.

  • Monday - Friday, 7:30am to 7pm
  • Saturdays, 7:30am - 2pm.

For any enquiries please phone Bear Brasserie Café on 02 7825 0915.

Kidz Corner Café

The Kidz Corner Café provides a variety of café style meals, sandwiches, beverages and confectionery.

They are located on Hainsworth Street near the visitors car park and are open on Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 3pm.

For any enquiries please phone Kidz Corner Café on 02 7825 0723.

Uber eats/ordered food collection and drop off areas

Allocated food collection and drop off areas are being confirmed, check back for updates!

Last updated Friday 31st May 2024