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Coeliac disease is a complete intolerance to anything made from wheat, barley and rye. Tina, who has coeliac disease, shares her experience of being in hospital and coping with the limited food available.

“If you have a life-threatening allergy or severe intolerance then it is not a matter of pot luck when it comes to hospital food.

I was recently hospitalised following a gall bladder attack. After pain relief, a change to another hospital and the subsiding of symptoms, I realised I was hungry.

Derek and Tina Thompson

Nursing staff were very helpful in trying to accommodate me, and after much checking, in the end, given the options available, I was offered yoghurt and jelly. 

Affecting around 3,600 people in Northern Ireland, Parkinson's is a degenerative neurological condition, for which there currently is no cure. The main symptoms of the condition are tremor, slowness of movement and rigidity. Caroline McEvoy from Parkinson’s UK tells us more.

‘Our mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's through research, information, support and campaigning.

During Parkinson’s Awareness Week (18-24 April), we will be raising awareness of Parkinson’s and the services the charity provides to anyone who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

How Was Your Meal?
Hot, and sometimes frozen, meals can be delivered to people’s homes, as part of their domiciliary care package, also known as 'meals on wheels'.

Nutrition is a crucial part of ensuring good health, and helping people return to good health, after illness. Its reassuring to know that standards already exist in Northern Ireland called Promoting Good Nutrition.

When it comes to food, I think we can all agree, things like quality, taste and temperature are important parts of enjoying a meal. Help to cook the food and perhaps, assistance to eat it may also be factors in enjoying a meal.

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