A SCOTTISH health board has apologised after a post of a “disgusting” meal served to one of its patients went viral on social media.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said its standards had “fallen below” the usual level after an image on Twitter/X allegedly showing a turkey dinner sparked a backlash.

“This is the lunch served up to my father in the Queen Elizabeth [University] Hospital, Glasgow today,” user @ginnymelons wrote. “An absolute disgrace. Disgusting.”

The image sparked anger as well as others sharing their experiences with bad hospital food.

One person responded: “That’s disgusting. Not one green vegetable on the plate either.

“A friend’s mother was in the QE over Christmas. The food was so bad that they ended up cooking all of her meals from scratch and then taking them up to the hospital. It’s shocking.”

A second wrote: “Need to serve that at Holyrood before anything will happen, our politicians are totally oblivious to what is actually happening on the ground, how can that help to make someone well.”

Alba general secretary Chris McEleny commented; “Shameful that Scotland, a land of some of the best food and ingredients in the world, serves this up to people under the nation’s care.”

Now, the health board which runs the QEUH has apologised.

A spokesperson said: “NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is committed to serving fresh, healthy and appetising food to all our patients, and all meals served at our hospitals are prepared in-house to meet strict nutritional standards.

“However, on this occasion, the food we have served has fallen below the standards we set ourselves, and which patients should be able to expect, and we apologise to the patient involved and their family.

“We would encourage anyone who would like to discuss their meals to get in touch with our catering team who can quickly resolve any issues.”