Blackpool hospital praised for “leading the push on healthy catering’


BLACKPOOL Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been praised for its healthy catering provision by a national magazine.

Health Business magazine has published its first Top 10 list of 2018 and its focus on hospital food highlights Blackpool as an area “excelling in healthy catering.’’

The article focused on 10 NHS sites that it said were “leading the push for healthier meals on wards, whether that be sugar-free, locally sourced or with limited food waste and packaging.’’

Blackpool appears on he list along with others such as Hillingdon, Taunton & Somerset and Sheffield.

Catering staff at Blackpool Victoria Hospital were awarded a five star food rating for the seventh successive year in June last year. Environmental Health inspectors from Blackpool Council checked the kitchens, food preparation and cooking, food hygiene systems and temperature records.

Yvonne Widdows, senior site services manager for the Trust, said: “To be featured in the top 10 of a list like this is great news and a fantastic achievement for our staff.

“Patients, visitors and staff can continue to have confidence in the standards of catering services they are receiving and that we produce food in a safe manner. We know how important meals are to our patients and it can often be the highlight of their day.

“I’d like to say thank you to the team for all their hard work; it really is a team effort to achieve accolades like this.”

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