A catering team has been recognised for the quality and variety of the meals it provides for patients, visitors and staff at Northwood’s Mount Vernon Hospital and Hillingdon Hospital.
The team at The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust won the Health Business Awards Catering Award for its outstanding food.
It was also praised for its innovative work undertaken with a children’s charity to support parents of children with life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses to have a meal at their bedside, its work with the Soil Association to promote food quality and sustainability, and for being a first in many areas of innovation.
Beating four other nominees to the accolade, Hillingdon made the shortlist in part thanks to endorsement by food guru Pru Leith. In April, the Great British Bake Off judge praised Hillingdon for the freshness, range and quality of its meals and snacks, in a report for The Campaign for Better Hospital Food.
The award was presented to the team by TV’s Dr Phil Hammond.
Steve Wedgwood, the Trust’s assistant director of facilities, was at the ceremony at the Grange Hotel in London on Thursday, December 14.
He said: “This is a fantastic result for the Trust and a great accolade to showcase the innovative work of the facilities catering team across Hillingdon and Mount Vernon.
“It was a welcome surprise, as the other shortlisted Trusts represented large cities across the country and had themselves made some outstanding achievements with their patient dining and retail catering services.
“It shows that nationally our work has been recognised and it is a credit to every member of the catering team in the kitchens, cafes and restaurants and on the wards. I’m very proud of them.”