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Hospital 'sorry' for food error
The mother of a girl with special dietary needs says a Leicester hospital needs to rethink its menus after her daughter was left without a meal.

The woman, who wants to be known as Beverley, said the Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI) could not cater for her gluten and lactose intolerant daughter.

When she asked what her five-year-old should do about breakfast, it was suggested she bring food from home.

The LRI apologised and said all other meals had been provided.

'No decent meals'

A spokesperson for the University Hospitals of Leicester Trust said: "We are sorry [Beverley's daughter] didn't get her gluten and lactose free breakfast the morning after she was admitted but after this, our specialist kids' dietician met with her mum and designed a menu especially for her."

But the girls' mother said this was the second time her daughter had been admitted and the hospital knew about her specific needs.

"I saw they sold gluten free bread in the cafeteria and mentioned this to staff as she could have eaten that but they told me it might be easier for me to go home and bring my daughter something to eat," said Beverley.

"They wouldn't deviate from the menu to give her, what I consider, a decent meal."

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