Hospital named in top six among NHS trust food wasters

Exterior of the west suffolk hospital
Exterior of the west suffolk hospital
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West Suffolk Hospital has been named as one of the country’s worst offenders for food wastage.

In a report released on Tuesday by The Campaign for Better Hospital Food, the Bury St Edmunds hospital was listed in the top six biggest wasters among NHS hospital trusts.

The report found that 13 per cent of meals were wasted before reaching the patient, compared with none at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and 22 per cent at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

A hospital spokeswoman said: “We are conscious that our wastage rate is higher than we would wish, which is often due to the fact that the patient ordering the food has been discharged prior to it arriving. We are reviewing this issue as part of our patient quality and sustainability initiatives and we expect that by shortening the time between ordering and servicing the food this will improve.”

West Suffolk was rated excellent for quality of food and food choice in hospital staff PEAT assessments and it received positive feedback in a CQC patient survey.