Five stars again for food hygiene at hospital

Agnes Pietras (restaurant supervisor), Steve Buck (deputy food and beverage manager) (photo via SASH)

 

East Surrey Hospital has retained the maximum five stars in a recent food hygiene check by Reigate and Banstead Borough Council.

The annual inspection was carried out under the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, run by the Food Standards Agency in partnership with local authorities.

The scheme looks at the handling, cooking, and storage of food, the condition of the premises, and the way food safety is managed including systems and training.  Five stars means “hygiene standards are very good”.

Facilities across the hospital were assessed, including ward kitchens, pantries, fridges and food store rooms.

Caroline Given, catering manager, said:

“We are pleased to have maintained a five star score from our last inspection – lots of work has been carried out by the team to maintain standards, with refurbishments in the main kitchen and staff rest areas.”

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH), who run the hospital, were issued with a five-star certificate to display at the site’s Three Arches restaurant, which serves staff, patients and visitors.

Michael Wilson CBE, chief executive at SASH said:

“We are extremely proud of the hard work carried out by the catering team here at SASH – a tremendous amount of work goes into the delivery of safe, high quality meals for our patients, visitors and staff.

The five star rating is a reflection on their commitment to continuously developing the service we provide.”

 

Links

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council information on the food hygiene scheme

Food Standards Agency ratings search page 

 

 

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