Sodexo extends partnership with Birmingham Children’s Hospital

30/05/2019 - 06:00
Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust has extended its partnership with global services company, Sodexo, for a new five-year patient dining and retail services contract at its Children’s Hospital.

The provider will be building on its previous 10-year contract with Birmingham Children’s Hospital, with the addition of the Parkview Clinic, a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) inpatient facility.

Stuart Winters, CEO of healthcare at Sodexo, said: “Extending our 10-year partnership with Birmingham Children’s Hospital was a clear opportunity to review and overhaul patient dining and retail provision. Our new menus will offer improved and tailored choices with a clear focus on fresh food and locally sourced produce. These have been designed to ensure that we give the right nutrition to children and young people to help them heal and recover, and play a part in the Children’s Hospital staff continuing to deliver the best possible care.

The £11m contract will see Sodexo invest in the food, eating and retail facilities across the hospital and Parkview, with a new 120-seat staff and visitor restaurant, the first Crussh outlet outside of London and the refitted Conservatory Café, all collectively staffed by Sodexo’s 50-strong team.

The menus will see 95% of the food served cooked fresh on site, with regular tasting sessions by children at the onsite school, to give feedback on menu design and to further educate the pupils on the importance and benefits of good nutrition.

Marion Harris, chief nurse at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, said:  “As an NHS organisation, we have a responsibility to ensure we are serving the right kind of food to our children and young people, because we know that good nutrition is a vital part of their recovery.

“For our staff, it’s just as important for them to have access to a variety of healthy, nutritious and tasty food while they’re at work for their own physical and mental health and wellbeing.

“We’re pleased to continue our work with Sodexo and we’re excited to see the improvements and benefits that this new contract will bring to our staff, children, young people and families.”

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