17 July 2012
Inspection scores hospital excellent for food
Nottingham University Hospitals Trust's (NUH) City Hospital has
scored top marks for food in an annual inspection.
The annual check, known as the Patient Environment Action Team
(PEAT) inspection, are carried out by staff, patients and members
of the public to determine how well the hospitals are performing in
key areas including: food, environment and privacy and dignity.
The PEAT food rating coincides with work currently underway to
create a new 'super kitchen' which will expand the Trust's
award-winning meals from the City Hospital to the Queen's Medical
Based at the Cityside Restaurant, the new super kitchen will
increase the capacity to create hot, tasty food for patients across
both hospitals as currently the kitchen provides meals for patients
at the City Hospital only.
The catering team based at City Hospital provides food for
patients that is sourced from local, sustainable farms. It has
received the Bronze Award from the Soil Association for this work
and has also been praised nationally by Prince Charles.
John Hughes, Catering Manager at NUH, said: "The latest PEAT
results are further recognition of the excellent work that we are
doing at NUH to provide a high standard of nutritious and healthy
food for our patients.
"The new kitchen at City Hospital will not only benefit our
patients, but also increase the way we work sustainably with
farmers in our region."
As well as receiving the Bronze Award for sustainable food NUH
was awarded the Good Egg prize from Compassion in World Farming in
In addition to achieving an 'excellent 'rating for food at the
City Hospital and 'good' at the QMC, both hospitals received a
'good' score in the environment and privacy and dignity
PEAT is an annual assessment, established in 2000, of inpatient
healthcare sites in England with more than ten beds.
NHS sites and NHS trusts are each given scores from one
(unacceptable) to five (excellent) for standards of environment,
food and privacy and dignity.