17 July 2012

Inspection scores hospital excellent for food

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 Centre (QMC).

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 December.

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 categories.

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.

NHS Nottingham University Hospitals
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