Southern Health Trust catering facilities commended

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Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
Catering services in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust have been commended at a recent meeting of the Trust Board. The majority of Trust facilities have achieved the maximum score of 5 in the National Food Hygiene Rating scheme. Trust Chair, Roberta Brownlee said: “Catering services are an essential part of patient and client care. Safe, good quality, nutritious meals are a vital part of rehabilitation and recovery. The Trust’s main hospital kitchens produce around 21,000 meals each week for patients and staff. In addition we provide meals in 63 residential facilities, supported living accommodation and day centres.” 97% of Trust catering staff have completed Food Hygiene training and there are a range of systems in place to ensure that the service continues to meet standards and complies with legislation. Mrs Brownlee continued: “Our catering staff should be recognised for maintaining such high standards, given the quantity of food they produce. Catering services also play a role in implementing Nursing Care Standards for Food in Hospital, with protected meal times introduced in all wards in the past year and the introduction of red trays for patients who need feeding assistance. These initiatives have greatly enhanced the nutritional care delivered to patients.” Comments in recent patient food satisfaction surveys included: “I find the meals are always attractive and beautiful, served by courteous and pleasant staff,” “nursing staff chose meals for dad who is incapable” and “I can find no fault with any meals.”
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