‘Field to plate’ food tasting at North Manchester General Hospital

field to plate
‘Field to plate’ food tasting at North Manchester General Hospital
01 August 2019

VISITORS, staff and patients are invited to a special ‘field to plate’ tasting session on Wednesday 14 August at 2.00pm until 4.00pm hosted by North Manchester Care Organisation, which runs North Manchester General Hospital.

Food and beverage services play an important role in the treatment of patients and are an essential part of patient care. Providing good Nutrition and Hydration can encourage patients to eat and drink well, and gives them the nutrients and liquid intake they require to recover from surgery or illness. As Florence Nightingale said many years ago “food is a medicine.”  

The Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA), which brings together the Salford Royal and Pennine Acute trusts, provides a range of menus to cater for all differing conditions, as well as cultural and religious beliefs. The NCA also provides pictorial menus to assist patients in choosing the meals they most enjoy. Each ward has a folder providing information about the menu, allergens and services times, readily available to peruse.

Ann Sharples, deputy catering manager at North Manchester Care Organisation said:

“We would love the opportunity to show our visitors, staff and patients the wide variety of food we serve to our patients and allow them to taste and comment on some of our dishes. We work very closely with our main supplier to ensure that each dish meets our requirements regarding taste, quality and availability.”

“We have recently started working with a new supplier for our children’s meals. They produce food that is additive free and made with all natural ingredients, whilst still appealing to children. This lovely new menu starts this month and we hope to be able to provide samples at the event on the 14 August.”

The number of meals provided annually to patients at the Oldham, Bury & Rochdale and North Manchester Care Organisations is over 1.4 million, which equates to them feeding 1,480 patients three meals a day. The NCA also provides meals to patients at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, and Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust.

Ann added:

“The products provided on our menus have full traceability from the ‘field to the plate.’ We try to use as much locally sourced produce as possible and a range of meat and sustainable fish. A large percentage of fair trade tea and coffee is also used. Our menus offer a good range of healthy choices.”

“We are very proud of the food choices we provide for our patients and continually work with our suppliers, dieticians and patient representatives to ensure our meals are healthy, high quality and what patients want to eat.”

The event will be held on Wednesday 14 August, from 2.00pm to 4.00pm, in the Gallery Restaurant at North Manchester General Hospital.

The event is free and is one of a series of ‘Medicine for Members’ events arranged to give the public and the NCA’s public members a greater insight into their local hospital and the services it provides.

To book your place contact Angela Greenwood on 01706 517302 or email membership@pat.nhs.uk.