A HEALTH trust is set to create a new ‘patient-led’ kitchen on a hospital site.
Bosses at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has announced plans to open a new patient-centred kitchen at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.
Rumours had circulated that catering staff were moving from the Holdforth Road site to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.
But trust chiefs say this is not the case and although the kitchen will close, a new one focused on patients will open near wards, which trust bosses say will make it more convenient for patients to access.
The previous kitchen, which is almost 30 years
old, had catered for patients as well as staff.
But since the Croft restaurant on the site closed a year ago, staff have been using the Wilbers restaurant at the hospital.
The kitchen is one of a number of services being relocated from near the hospital’s Hart Building to the main tower of the site.
It will cost £20,000 to re-fit, with some of the best catering equipment from the former kitchen being transferred.
The trust’s deputy director of support services, Peter Mitchell, said: “Next week the old main kitchen near the Hart Building at the University Hospital of Hartlepool will close.
“A new dedicated patient kitchen will open on the second floor of the ward block, which is next to the inpatient wards.
“The new kitchen will provide patient services right at the centre of where the patients are being cared for.
“With the new kitchen much closer to the wards we know that this will improve and enhance the service that we provide for our patients.”
The kitchen is one of a number of services being moved to the central tower of the hospital as part of a move costing £350,000, as previously reported.
Other facilities moving to the space formerly used as wards in the main hospital building include office space, meeting rooms, wheelchair services, information technology, the sewing room, medical records and domestic services.