PATIENTS, staff and visitors at the town’s Alexandra Hospital can now enjoy award winning food as the catering team celebrate achieving a prestigious national award for their fresh ingredients, quality meat and nutritional standards.
The Soil Association Catering Mark awarded the hospital a bronze accolade in a presentation on Thursday (April 21) at the site’s Quinney’s Restaurant.
The Alex is one of only seven successful hospitals to achieve this award nationally, with its catering team preparing more than 92 per cent of the dishes served onsite and sourcing ingredients from local companies.
Kay Higgitt from Batchley, who is a patient at the Alex, said: “The food here is fantastic and it’s always varied – you can really taste the freshness.
“And the staff are really good, they take into account your condition and understand what you can and can’t eat. It’s great that they’ve won this award, they’re so dedicated and friendly”.
Martin Long, head of facilities at the Alex, said: “We’re really proud to receive this award, it’s a team effort, and without all of us working together it wouldn’t have been possible.”
The Catering Mark award is a widely respected achievement in raising standards in food quality and sustainability in both the public and private sector of catering.