The new lunch and evening meal menus for hospital sites in the County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust area have been created in time for Nutrition and Hydration Week, an international campaign to improve health, care and catering across the world.
Starting tomorrow (Monday) the new menus will be served to all patients and staff with the aim of providing healthy, balanced and varied meal options.
Alison McCree, associate director of facilities for County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Good nutritious food and regular drinks are an important part of patient care, recovery and experience, and these new menus have been developed to meet patient needs.
"We've listened to patient and staff feedback, and will continue to improve our standards and services."
The trust said the majority of the ingredients used in the menu come from the local area while the meals are all produced in the kitchens at Darlington Memorial Hospital before being delivered to the trust's other hospitals each day.