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Our hospital has won a national catering award

West Suffolk hospital has won the Hospital Catering Award at this year’s Health Business Awards.

We were put forward for the award by Health Business magazine's editorial team in recognition of its catering team “going above and beyond this year to provide arrangements for overnight staff” as well as the introduction of an ‘afternoon tea’ service as a special culinary treat for inpatients. 

The nomination also highlighted that staff, visitors and patients are served the same food and that staff working overnight have access to hot meals via microwaves and vending machines.

Catering manager Vanessa Theobald said: “We are really proud to have won this the award. The catering staff at our trust have a very important job of preparing healthy and delicious food for not just the staff but also for the patients we care for.

“This year has been very testing for all of the NHS so to have won the Hospital Catering Award is very special. Having our staff being able to access food that’s tasty but convenient means it’s one less thing they need to worry about in a year that has been difficult for everyone.”

Steve Dunn, CEO, said: “This is absolutely brilliant news. Our catering team is amazing and so dedicated and loved by staff and patients. The team will be so proud and rightly so. All the food is cooked fresh on site and sourced, where possible, locally. We are truly so lucky.”

The winning of the Hospital Catering Award comes off the back of the quality of food at the West Suffolk Hospital being highlighted in a national report led by Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith. The celebrity chef worked with NHS leaders to identify the best catering at hospitals and how to improve it in the future. West Suffolk Hospital’s food is mentioned as one of just two dozen best practice sites nationally.


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Baby Daisy enjoys afternoon tea at West Suffolk Hospital with her family

Baby Daisy enjoys afternoon tea at West Suffolk Hospital with her family