Royal recognition for excellence in hospital food at North Bristol NHS Trust

Thursday, 15 December 2011

At a reception hosted by The Prince of Wales at Clarence House on Thursday 15 December, North Bristol NHS Trust will be congratulated for the excellent work they have done to improve the food in their hospitals, as identified by the Soil Association.

The event will celebrate the best of British hospital food with 14 of the UK’s highest achieving hospital trusts in attendance including four guests from North Bristol NHS Trust.

HRH The Prince of Wales has had a long and active involvement in the drive towards better hospital food and has been working with the Soil Association, as our Royal Patron, since 2004.

Many of those attending the event on Thursday are from hospitals that were featured as success stories in a Soil Association report released earlier this year – including North Bristol NHS Trust.

While negative views on hospital food will surprise few the report was full of success stories where positive improvements in quality, local food sourcing improved patients’ food without inflating hospital budgets.

A significant number of hospitals – including those run by North Bristol NHS Trust – are already sourcing local, seasonal, organic food, cutting their food miles, boosting their local economies and serving healthier, fresher meals to their patients within tight budgets, and in some cases even saving money.

Simon Wood, Director of Facilities at North Bristol NHS Trust, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for our catering teams and I would like to thank them for all their hard work in producing such good quality meals.”