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Nurses indulge in culinary delights

Published:Thursday | August 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner
Members of Malcolm House. From left are registered nurse, Patrice Beckford-Rowe; registered nurse midwife, Nicolisea Hunt-McGregor and Ward manager, Gracia Davis-Brown.
Coconut Food ExpoCoconut veggie pasta made by members of Thelwell House.
Coconut orange custard pie prepared by nurses of Campbell House.
Campbell House’s coconut salara.
Malcolm House’s coconut fruit mix consisted of shredded coconut, starfruit, melon and papaya.
Coconut breaded toast courtesy of Campbell House.
Coconut curry chicken run dung served with avocado and breadfruit slices, made by Malcolm House.


The Noel Holmes Hospital's recent Nurses' Week food exposition and competition proved to be more than just a morale-building exercise. It was a showcase of fine culinary skills comparable to those found in some of western Jamaica's finest eateries.

The feature ingredient for all the dishes was coconut, for which powder and cream were supplied by NestlÈ Jamaica. Among the dishes were coconut salara, coconut breaded toast, coconut veggie pasta, and a host of others.

The nurses, who were described as being "very competitive", seemingly went all out to create a vast array of exotic dishes which they displayed beneath beautifully decorated booths, on the lawns of the hospital.

The nurses competed in three 'houses; named in honour of three retired matrons Denise Malcolm, Marjorie Thelwell and Hazel Campbell. They were judged in the areas of creativity, presentation, variety, taste and originality. Malcolm House topped the award for presentation, while Campbell and Thelwell were given top honours for creativity and taste, and variety, respectively with Campbell emerging as the overall winner.

"The food expo is aimed at showcasing the nurses in a different setting to show that we can be versatile we are not 'just nurses'," Director of Nursing Services Jillian Mason Quarrie told Food.

"So I expect that this will build the nurses' morale. It is a moment for de-stressing ... the nurses have been doing a lot under trying circumstances, and sometimes feel that they are not even being recognised. But this is a moment for recognising rewarding and awarding them for work that they have been doing very well," she added.

Forty-six nurses are assigned to the Noel Holmes Hospital, including administrators, nurse managers, specialist nurses and staff nurses, enrolled assistant nurses and direct entry midwives. There are also 18 patient-care assistants who make up the full caregiver complement.

"We are just seeking the support of everyone to partner with us to make our nurses feel that they are appreciated, because they have voiced concerns sometimes that even though they go the extra mile and do the 16 hours just to ensure that we have coverage, sometimes they feel like they are not appreciated, and this is one of the reasons why we wanted to do this today to help to lift their spirits," Mason-Quarrie ended.

Here are the highlights of their delicious creations.