Royal Liverpool Hospitals and ISS recognised for drive for fresh meals
The catering services at Royal Liverpool Hospital and Broadgreen Hospital have been recognised nationally for their drive for fresh meals and good food served to local people in their restaurants
The hospital catering teams have been awarded the Soil Association Food for Life Bronze Catering Mark - an independent endorsement of the hospital restaurants’ food.
Providing over 250 meals daily to hospital visitors, staff and out-patients, the Royal Liverpool’s ‘Food Restaurant’ is at the forefront of a nationwide initiative by catering providers ISS to improve food in hospital eateries.
Helping people to find and eat good food outside the home, the Food for Life Catering Mark is an independent endorsement that the restaurant is meeting nutritional guidelines and using fresh ingredients free from harmful additives and trans-fats and better for animal welfare. 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.
One of the changes most widely welcomed by customers at Royal Liverpool has been the ‘big breakfast makeover’ – retaining the very popular traditional breakfast but using fresh ingredients, meat that achieves UK animal welfare standards, only free-range eggs and no undesirable additives or trans-fats. In addition to the full English, the restaurant’s breakfast menu now also includes fresh fruit, muesli, poached eggs and omelettes – all of which have been going down a treat.
The Royal Liverpool’s Thursday curry specials have also had the makeover treatment. The customers’ favourite chicken curry now contains Farm Assured halal chicken, produced and slaughtered to rigorous animal welfare standards, from trustworthy suppliers and fully traceable.
The Royal Liverpool’s ISS head of Catering, Sarah Turner, has been at the forefront of the changes and said: “The whole process has been a really positive one for staff and customers. I’m very proud of what the team has been able to change, and delighted to be able to offer our customers a selection of quality, healthy food. We are now working on more vegetarian options, as well as some exciting new recipes that make the most of food that is in season.”
Audrey Reeves, ISS Facilities Manager at the hospital, said: “This is the beginning of the work that ISS is doing here to improve retail food here for visitors, staff and out-patients. We are working hard to promote the benefits of Food for Life recipes to all our customers throughout Liverpool. We are delighted to achieve Bronze Catering Mark, but rest assured, we’re all now going for Gold!”
Over 1.5 million high-quality meals Catering Mark meals are being served each workday in schools, universities, nurseries, workplaces, hospitals, care homes and restaurants across the UK. Caterers working with the Food for Life Catering Mark are transforming food service providing more fresh, nutritious, environmentally sustainable, British quality meals. 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.