Hospital team on TV with star chef

THE week-long special series featuring Scarborough Hospital’s work with celebrity chef James Martin hits TV screens next week.

North Yorkshire-born James worked along side hospital chefs to change the way hospital food is created.

The results will be broadcast on Monday at 9.15am.

In the programme James addresses the main issues surrounding hospital food nationally including the cost of meals, patient feedback, and nutritional standards, as he works with Scarborough Hospital – a hospital with an appetite for change.

James worked with staff to create a new weekly menu which has now been rolled out to patients and staff. The hospital restaurant was also given a makeover and renamed Pat’s Place after Catering Manager Pat Bell who has worked at the hospital for 21 years!

As part of the project the Trust held a food supplier event for local farmers and food businesses to come and find out how to tender for work with the Trust in order to supply patients with the freshest, locally produced, seasonal food.

Catering manager Pat Bell siad: “The last few months have been a rollercoaster with highs and lows but overall we have really enjoyed the experience.

“I don’t think that James knew what he was getting himself in for however our staff have worked tirelessly in order to introduce a brand new menu that not only offers patients more locally grown seasonal food, but food that meets their nutritional needs as a hospital patient.”

In order to get feedback on the new menu the catering department recently undertook a survey which was given out to 200 patients and staff.

Comments from patients included: “Wonderfully prepared and creative food” and “compared to other hospitals the food standard is very good.”

Pat said: “On average numbers are definitely up in the restaurant and we are delighted to see staff eating in the restaurant that we haven’t seen for years!

“The new baguette bar is a big hit with staff; we are serving about 100 baguettes a day. The homemade soup is also popular both with patients and staff. The first time that we served homemade tomato soup we had patients asking for seconds.

“Our most popular dishes are probably the slow roasted pork and the Yorkshire glazed sausage, with the homemade broccoli and courgette quiche being the most popular vegetarian dish. Sticky toffee pudding is also a popular addition to the menu.

“On the whole feedback has been extremely positive, however staff have raised the issue that the menu is weekly rather than on a three weekly cycle, so there is less choice. However we are looking at reintroducing some old dishes as specials.”