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Top marks for food at the Royal Derby Hospital

Published 15/02/2016

THE quality of meals on offer in the FOOD restaurant at the Royal Derby Hospital has been recognised with a national award.

The Soil Association has awarded Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust a Food for Life Catering Mark Bronze, which demonstrates a commitment to providing fresh meals and good food for patients, visitors and staff who use the restaurant. 

David Persaud, Catering Mark Development Manager for the Soil Association, handed the award to Head Chef Charlie Widdowson in a brief ceremony which took place in the restaurant.  

Head of Catering Services Rob Winfield, who runs the service for the Trust on behalf of ISS Healthcare, said: “The whole team here have worked really hard to achieve this. It recognises the efforts our catering team has made to provide outpatients, visitors and staff with access to tasty food. It helps us understand much more about where our food is sourced, and we are proud to share that with the people who eat with us.”

The award demonstrates that all meat used in the restaurant, as well as the on-site Café Qualita coffee shop, achieves UK animal welfare standards, dishes contain only free-range eggs, no undesirable additives or trans-fats, and visitors can easily be told where their food comes from. Most of the food is made from scratch, including all soups and puddings.

Richard Watts, from Soil Association Certification, said: “The Catering Mark is the result of lots of dedicated effort by the team at ISS Healthcare and the Royal Derby Hospital. Achieving this endorsement is an exceptional achievement in the healthcare sector and a demonstration of the hospital’s dedication to serving fresh, ethical, sustainable food that meets nutritional guidelines.”

More than 600 meals a day are served in the FOOD restaurant, which is on level five of the Uttoxeter New Road hospital.

Paul Brooks, Associate Director for Facilities Management, said: “We do all we can to provide patients and visitors with good food, and this award is evidence of that. We are now keen to develop our links with local suppliers and work towards the next step on the ladder, progressing to the silver and then gold Catering Marks.” 

The Catering Mark is recognised by the Department of Health as a tool, which can support hospitals and their caterers to make improvements to the quality of food served to patients, staff and visitors.


Bronze Catering award 2016
Last Modified 16/02/2016