Fact sheetDiet specifications

Published on 1 Nov 2011

General diet - full

This document is part of the ACI Diet Specifications for Adult Inpatients. It is not to be used for patient education.


To provide a balanced diet with a variety of foods for patients able to eat normally.


A diet that conforms to the Nutrition standards for adult inpatients in NSW hospitals.


Suitable for all patients who are nutritionally well and nutritionally at risk, but not those with special or high nutritional needs. This diet may be combined with thickened fluids.

Nutritional adequacy

Nutritionally adequate.


Not to be used for patients with any therapeutic diet order.


Not suitable for use in paediatrics.

Specific menu planning guidelines

Allowed Not allowed
Hot main dishes All -
Sauces, gravies All -
Starchy vegetables / pasta / rice All -
Vegetables All -
Soups All -
Sandwiches All -
Salads, dressings All -
Breads, cereals All -
Spreads All -
Hot breakfast choices All -
Fruit All -
Yoghurt All -
Desserts All -
Milk and cheese All -
Beverages All -
Biscuits All -
MiscellaneousOne high-energy mid-meal per day – required by Nutrition standards -


  1. Agency for Clinical Innovation, NSW Health. Nutrition standards for adult inpatients in NSW hospitals. Sydney: ACI; 2011.
  2. Dietitians Association of Australia. Nutrition manual. 8th ed. Canberra: DAA; 2009.
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