Hospital food scores well

PUBLISHED: 17:05 01 September 2013

Weston General Hospital.

Weston General Hospital.

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HOSPITAL food served in Weston have been given a good rating by an independent health watchdog.

Weston General Hospital was ranked in the top half of all UK hospitals in the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) patient survey.

More than half of Weston Area Health NHS Trust (WAHT) patients praised the quality of meals and 86 per cent were happy with the varied choice on offer.

Karen Croker, WAHT’s director of operations, said: “We make every effort to ensure we offer our patients nutritionally balanced meals that are tasty and well presented.

“All our menus are planned with the dietician and are changed regularly. The food is then prepared and cooked and delivered to the hospital every day by an external supplier. We also offer options for people with special dietary needs, and also for people whose diets are based on ethical and their religious beliefs.”

Fewer health trusts in the UK spend more money per patient on food than WAHT, with an average of £11.60 spent daily, contributing to its impressive performance.

Despite the good rating by the CQC, it was one of nearly 100 trusts that fell short of its excellent rating given by hospital staff assessments.

Alex Jackson, co-ordinator of the Campaign For Better Hospital Food, said a national standard should be set, as is mandatory in prisons and schools, amid fears that some health trusts may be distorting figures to make themselves look better.

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