The catering service at West Suffolk Hospital has been honoured with a five-star award for food hygiene after inspectors visited earlier this month.
The inspection, which was undertaken by officers from St Edmundsbury Borough Council, covered all aspects of food service within the hospital. This included the Courtyard CafÃ©, which is open to the public, as well as in-patient meals and the Time Out restaurant, which is where hospital staff eat their meals.
The visit ran smoothly and as a result, the hospitalâ€™s catering staff were rewarded for their efforts and exemplary food hygiene training with a five-star award. This is part of the â€˜Scores on the Doorsâ€™ scheme, a national programme used to evaluate food-serving premises and make the information available to the public.
The award represents a great achievement for the hospital, as it received just four stars in May 2010.
A â€œdelightedâ€ catering manager Veronica Hall commented on the hospitalâ€™s five-star success, saying:
â€œIt reflects the importance that we place on all aspects of hygiene and safety and is a testament to the diligence shown by our staff around cleanliness and food management,â€