Hospital food gets clean bill of health

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Hospital food has been given the thumbs up by food safety inspectors, who have given the highest possible rating to Milton Keynes Hospital’s catering facilities.

The patient food service already had the maximum five stars. It has now been joined by the hospital’s two restaurant areas – the Eaglestone and the Eatery – which were given the maximum rating after a surprise inspection in March.

The rating is based on a number of standards, including how hygienically food is prepared, cooked and stored, the condition of the facilities, cleanliness and record-keeping.

Catering manager Denise Clifford said: “This is about the safety of our patients and our visitors and we take that very seriously. The stars are there to make sure that law is followed and that we are getting things right at all times.

“This isn’t just a paper exercise for us, all the staff are really chuffed to know we are getting it right.”

The new rating coincides with a fresh new look for the Eaglestone restaurant area. The area is already more pleasant for staff and visitors, thanks to a lick of paint and new seat covers. Artwork is also be commissioned, with the support of MK Arts for Health.

For restaurant staff, the next challenge will be to launch a new menu, including a range of healthy options.

Denise said: “We’re still working on the new menu, but tested the first few dishes with local GPs last week. We served a two-course meal to around 25 GPs and got some excellent comments back… and lots of clean plates too! So we’re really looking forward to launching the full new menu in May.”