The catering department at St Mary’s Hospital in Newport has scored 4 out of 5 stars following a re-inspection of facilities just weeks after a shock health rating.
As previously reported by Island Echo, the Food Standards Agency listed St Mary’s as needing major improvement having achieved just 1 star in a food safety inspection.
An official inspection of the catering department, which supplies food and drink across the hospital, was carried out by the Isle of Wight Council on 17th October this year. Inspectors found that overall standards were below the acceptable standard – particularly in the management of food safety.
Mould, dust, grease and poorly labelled food was discovered when inspectors visited previously. However, a re-inspection at the end of December found much-improved conditions.
A deep clean of the food preparation and storage areas has taken place, alongside more thorough staff training and ensuring equipment is up to standard.
4 out of 5 stars have now been awarded to the catering department – a much more acceptable level. That said, there is still improvement work required around allergen information.
Maggie Oldham, chief executive at Isle of Wight NHS Trust, has said:
“I am really proud of how our catering team has pulled together and turned things around on behalf of our patients, our staff and the Island community.
“They do a hugely important job, working really hard behind the scenes, and I would like to thank them for everything they do.
“It is great news that the catering service has reclaimed its four star rating and I know how keen we all are to keep on improving and to get five stars next time.”