For those of us who have ever gagged on a plate of factory produced, cook-chill food, it will be some comfort to know that one ‘facility’ in the UK produces more than a million meals each week. The state-of-the-art plant employs the very latest approach to food safety, risk management, quality consistency and manufacturing efficiency by exploiting the technical benefits of new 'steam valve' technology. Hmm… sounds yummy!
For NHS trusts on a budget there’s “a range of freshly prepared chilled meals covering all dietary requirements in a variety of pack sizes to help eliminate waste. A series of standard recipes and strict portion control offer consistent quality (it doesn’t say what sort of quality though) and ‘forecastable’ costs.” That’ll certainly get the accountants salivating.
If frozen food is more your kind of thing then there’s: “a value range that’s immediately available from stock. It offers long shelf life, reduces cooking time on site and is quick and easy to prepare, giving trusts the opportunity to reduce capital and labour costs.” Now that does sound delicious, doesn’t it?
If you’re a trust that wants to spend a bit more on patient food then why not try what I’ve cheekily dubbed the Kabul Kitchen range of frozen individual meals? These meals provide for a range of tastes and food preferences from around the world… would that be the Third World, by any chance?
If you’re one of the handful of trusts that hasn't squandered its budget on silly things like patient care you could treat your patients to “a high-quality range of steam pressure-cooked meals that deliver healthy and nutritious food direct to the patients’ bedside.” Apparently this deluxe range was developed specifically to help NHS Trusts resolve the issues of patient malnutrition, nutritional content of meals and relatively poor acceptance of hospital food.
I think this might mean that the meals are designed to keep hospitals out of the headlines by staving off the problem of patients selfishly starving themselves and leaving hospital with malnutrition. Apparently, the first hospital to adopt these scrummy meals achieved patient satisfaction scores that rocketed by 20%! Rocketed! Got that?