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Improving food for hospital staff

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We want to ensure that all NHS hospital staff have access to good, nutritious food while on shift.

What would improve your experience of and/or access to food at work? What facilities are available to you to prepare food at work? What options are there available for you to purchase food at work?

We're particularly keen to hear your experiences during night shifts.

Please share your ideas, comments and experiences below.

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In the second of our challenge Twitter polls, we asked hospital staff “what is the most important aspect of your hospital canteen?” The vote was close, with 30% of you saying “price” was the most important aspect and 29% of you stating “taste and quality” as the biggest factor.   Do you agree with this? Please have your say too by joining the conversation and adding your own idea. https://twitter.com/DHSCgovuk/status/1220326480573534208 We want to ensure that all NHS hospital...

Andrew DHSC
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The Government Buying standards which promote healthy eating are long and difficult to follow.  Catering organisations pick the bits they want to follow.  Can we have a standard that everyone can follow easily whether they are a huge multi million pound catering organisation or a group of volunteers running a coffee bar who buy their food and drink from the local wholesaler.  For example the GBS suggests crisps should be sold in 30g bags or lighter.  What happens if the wholesaler only sells...

Ruth Breese
by Ruth Breese
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Ruth Breese

Instead of complaining that there is no healthy, cheap and satisfying food provided for staff, get into the habit of bringing your own food to work. If working a long day, soup or a sandwich at lunchtime and then left overs from home for evening meal. This is very basic, but it surprises me that people don't do this. They want to buy food every day - this is expensive & often not good for the environment with plastic packaging etc.   People complain about lack of time, but full time...

Paula Brayford
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Throughout this challenge, we are running a series of Twitter polls to learn what we can do to improve access to nutritious food for NHS hospital staff. In our first poll, we asked you what you think are the main barriers to eating healthily at work? 57% of you said lack of time to eat was the biggest barrier with a further 28% citing a lack of good retail food options where they worked. Do you agree with this? Please have your say too by joining the conversation and adding your own...

Andrew DHSC
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If you visited the Alexander hospital in Redditch. You see that they make sure food is available 24 hrs 7 day a week. 

Rachael Bradley
by Rachael Bradley
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Rachael Bradley

we build vegetable gardens in GP surgeries and hospitals in Lmabeth. We use unproductive space and transform it into lovely NHS vegetable gardens where patients & staff grow vegetables together. visit our website: lambeth.gpfoodcoop.org.uk gpfoodcoop@gmail.com   We sell what we grow to NHS staff at KING'S College  Hospital. 

Edward Rosen
by Edward Rosen
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Edward Rosen

Recommence catering on weekends and Bank Holidays in Trust restaurant. 

Gary Musgrove
by Gary Musgrove
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Gary Musgrove

All foods for any N.H.S.-H should be cooked in house  fresh everyday apprentices’ cooks could be the work forces you only need one main cook to oversee them all.

Roy Jenkins
by Roy Jenkins
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Roy Jenkins

We now work "agile" which effectively means having no permanent desk space, carrying a laptop around like a turtle, and constantly being asked to move. In addition to this there is nowhere to sit and eat our lunches, despite the Nhs recommending getting away from your desk  at lunch time, and the practical hygiene aspects of eating food in a crowded office surrounded by laptops and a lack of desk space.

Sam Beanland
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Sam Beanland

I used to work at University Hospital Southampton, and the access to options for healthy food were good (during working hours and till about 7pm in my experience, as those were my working hours).  There were contactless vending machines and independent coffee shops, and the canteen had lots of options.  A lot of thought had gone into it all, and it was great in my humble opinion.

Fiona Boyle
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