The steam cooking system, Steamplicity, part of Compass UK & Ireland, has launched its first ‘pop-up’ at King’s College Hospital, London, as part of its campaign to put pride back in hospital food.
The pop-up saw visitors and staff at the site taste some of the Steamplicity meals, enabling them to see first-hand the high quality of food patients at the site receive. Questions were also answered about how the meals are put together, sourcing of ingredients and the benefits of a steam cooked meal.
Steamplicity currently delivers 95,000 meals a week to patients at 30 hospitals across the UK. Due to the use of the unique steam valve, patients are able to receive meals made from fresh and raw ingredients that have been steamed in under five minutes – ensuring a high nutritional value, as well as meals that taste and look good.
The pop-up series also marks the launch of the new Steamplicity branding, which places a greater emphasis around the provision of freshly cooked food. Due to the benefits of cooking food by steam, Steamplicity claims it is the only solution that is able to provide freshly cooked plated meals at ward level to ensure a high standard of nutritional value, taste and texture are provided to patients.
The firm says another significant advantage of the innovative steam system is the flexibility it gives to the trust at mealtimes. Patients are able to order a Steamplicity meal outside of protected mealtimes which means if patients miss a meal due to having treatment of through poor appetite they can still have a hot meal. Furthermore as meals are individually portioned overall waste of uneaten meals in kept to a minimum with the majority of Steamplicity sites operating at 3% waste or less.
Steve Cenci, managing director, healthcare, Compass Group UK & Ireland, commented: “We are really proud of our Steamplicity offer. We have a team of Compass chefs, nutritionists and dietitians who work on our dishes, to ensure we are able to produce fresh and nutritious meals of a high standard that people want to eat. We recognise that food has an essential role to play in the wellbeing of patients and take this responsibility seriously.
“We hope that our pop-ups series will enable us to have a positive dialogue with visitors, staff and patients about their hospital food, provide the opportunity to taste some of our meals, and give them confidence in what is being provided at those hospitals we operate at, as they learn more about the benefits of the Steamplicity system.
“The success of this UK developed patient dining innovation has led to its successful adoption in general hospitals all over the globe including New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Sweden.”