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Hospitals put their ‘Trust’ in Sodexo

Sodexo has won a 10-year patient dining and retail services deal with Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and extended its contract with Chesterfield Royal Hospital by seven years. 

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust serves a population of more than 420,000 across south Yorkshire, north Nottinghamshire and the surrounding areas via its three hospitals: Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Bassetlaw Hospital and Montagu Hospital.

This is the first time the Trust has outsourced its catering services and will see Sodexo introduce a range of culinary developments such as a new electronic ordering system for patients and new meal trolleys to ensure a seamless service from kitchen to bedside.

Sodexo will also offer expanded opening hours as well as high-street alternatives meaning that staff working at nights will find it easier to have a meal in their breaks. 

Dr Kirsty Edmondson Jones, Director of Estates and Facilities at the Trust, said: “We are pleased to announce our partnership with Sodexo. It is our intention to provide the best possible catering services for those who come to our hospitals and we believe this investment will allow us to offer a top notch and varied dining experience for the people of Doncaster, Bassetlaw, Mexborough and beyond.”

James Taylor, CEO of Sodexo Healthcare, commented: “I am delighted that the Trust has appointed the Sodexo team as their first external catering provider. We see this as an opportunity to collaborate with the Trust to deliver a first-class experience for patients, staff and visitors.”

Sodexo has worked with Chesterfield Royal for almost twenty years to deliver patient dining. 

The new contract, which started on 1 October, remains ‘cook freeze’. An extensive in-house produced special diet menu range caters for 14 different special diet categories.

Chris Tann, Director of Estates and Facilities at Chester Royal Hospital said: “Excellent nutrition, a variety of choice and the ability to cater for every individual’s dietary needs is a priority for both our board of directors and council of governors. We have worked with Sodexo for a number of years and they have always met our expectations when it comes to patient dining.”

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