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Hospital food in Nottingham reaches gold standard

Plate of food being served on ward at Nottingham's City Hospital Photo: ITV News Central

Nottingham University's NHS Trust has become the first NHS Trust to be awarded the Soil Association's Gold Food for Life Catering Mark.

It's been given for it's commitment to serving healthy meals made with local, seasonal and organic ingredients.

More than three-quarters of ingredients, served on the menus at the Queens Medical Centre and City Hospital comes from Nottinghamshire and the surrounding counties.

Chris Neale, who manages the trust's catering operation, believes quality food is an important part of the recovery process.

If you get the right ingredients into patients it helps their recovery, brings forward their discharge, vacates their beds sooner and reduces the likelihood of their coming back to hospital.

– Chris Neale, Catering Manager
Chris Neale, Catering Manager for Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust Credit: ITV News Central

The central production unit at City Hospital, is where all of the food production takes place.

It caters for both of the Nottingham hospitals.

The chefs turn out 7,000 to 8,000 meals a day, which are eaten not only by patients but also by staff and visitors.

Staff nurse, Delia Mooney said patients seem to enjoy what's on offer.

Not only do they have the variety but its a good standard.

If you look at it on a plate, it's what you would want to receive if you were in hospital. We tend to have a lot of empty plates.

– Delia Mooney, Staff nurse, City Hospital
Delia Mooney, Staff nurse at City Hospital Credit: ITV News Central

The cost of feeding a patient works out at £4.53 per day, for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus seven drinks.

It's under the NHS average.

Food production unit kitchen at City Hospital Credit: ITV News Central