Bexhill Hospital in East Sussex will begin serving food to patients that is created using a unique cooking system which can ‘microsteam’ fresh and raw ingredients in under five minutes.
The hospital has agreed to deploy Compass Group’s ‘Steamplicity’ offer from October after seeing it used in similar environments.
The partnership will also see an initial investment from Compass to provide equipment and technology to serve around 60 people a day.
The cooking system aims to deliver the maximum nutritional value to recovering patients, alongside an unmatched ability to cook food on the ward delivering great taste, temperature and choice, as well as offering flexibility and consistency.
The meals are created by healthcare chefs and dietitians, with the menu providing 30 dishes across lunch and dinner. Highlights include steamed wild salmon in hollandaise sauce, roast chicken with vegetables and chickpea and spinach curry.
The new menu includes over a third of vegetarian or vegan dishes, supporting the drive to provide more plant-based meals in line with Compass’ Net Zero and NHS Food Review commitments.
Bexhill Hospital in East Sussex is managed by the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which includes Eastbourne and Conquest Hospital in St Leonards-on-Sea. Both already have partnerships with Compass for its range of Steamplicity meals.
Russell Sherry, facilities manager at Bexhill Hospital, said: “This new partnership is based on the success of Steamplicity meals in our partner hospitals in Eastbourne and at Conquest, so we’re looking forward to bringing it to our patients at Bexhill. Steamplicity gives us the balance of flexibility, consistency and choice.”
Steamplicity meals are now served at more than 20 NHS Trusts across the UK.
As part of its menu development programme, Compass recently carried out a survey asking 800 patients across seven hospitals to highlight important factors when creating meals patients wanted to eat.