The chefs and other kitchen staff at a hospital in Brentwood, Essex, have been awarded a top food hygiene rating by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) following a recent visit.
Spire Hartswood Hospitalâ€™s kitchen staff and eating areas were scored a total of five, the highest mark available, in the FSAâ€™s food hygiene rating system.
The hospital kitchen will be awarded a certificate for the teamâ€™s achievement. Additionally, the results of the FSA assessment will be made publicly available as part of a new restaurant rating scheme recently launched by Brentwood Council to allow customers to see how hygienic restaurants and eating establishments are in their area.
The director of Spire Hartswood Hospital, Mark Gilmour, expressed his pride in his kitchen staff and their exemplary level of food hygiene training. Speaking of the top score awarded by the FSA, he said:
â€œDespite being marked against the tough criteria associated with serving vulnerable people, we achieved a top score.
â€œThis is testament to our team of chefs, kitchen staff and ward hostesses who provide this high quality standard that is echoed throughout all of the departments in the hospital.â€