Hairmyres Hospital of NHS Lanarkshire has become the first hospital in Scotland to be awarded the Soil Association’s Food for Life Bronze Catering Mark award, recognising caterer ISS Healthcare’s work at the hospital’s Courtyard restaurant.
The accolade was presented to ISS Healthcare for its commitment to improving the meals it serves in the restaurant.
Main meals are prepared using fresh ingredients which are free from undesirable additives and trans fats, are better for animal welfare, and easily traceable. The onsite team prepare and serve over 200 meals to staff, visitors and out patients each day.
The changes at Hairmyres have been led by Robert Murray, the onsite ISS Healthcare head chef, who said: “Of course it is fantastic to be the first hospital in Scotland to be awarded the Catering Mark Bronze award but more than that I am proud that my team serve the best quality meals we can to our customers.”
The initiative involves changing menus, working with suppliers, sourcing fresh produce such as free-range eggs and preparing meals freshly on site. All the fruit and vegetables used in meals and the salad bar are fresh and the team now offers a seasonal menu changing every three months. In addition the hospital sources its bread rolls and potato cakes from Magee’s in Stirling as part of a commitment to source more products locally.
The Soil Association’s Food for Life Catering Mark provides a framework for food providers to improve the food they serve by using fresh, sustainable ingredients which are free from harmful additives and better for animal welfare.
More than 95,000 Catering Mark meals are served daily across Scotland, across 792 sites. The Catering Mark is supported by the Scottish Government and is held by schools, universities, nurseries, tourist attractions and workplaces.