It was a case of high fives for head chef Chris
Bench after a hygiene inspection gave top marks to catering facilities at both
of his Birmingham-based private hospitals.
Chris was delighted to receive a 5H rating – the
top mark possible - after hygiene experts from Birmingham City Council
inspected facilities at both BMI Priory and Edgbaston hospitals.
Checks were made on staff training, food safety
and handling practises, temperature controls, cleanliness and the condition of
food preparation and eating areas.
The inspection was part of Birmingham City
Council’s ‘Scores on the Doors’ Hygiene Award Scheme which involves hundreds of food and drink outlets in the region,
including cafes, schools, restaurants and hotels.
The inspections are carried out by Environmental
Health officers on an annual basis with no notification of a visit given
Chris, who joined the hospital’s catering staff
as a YTS trainee 26 years ago, said he was delighted that both hospitals
received the five star treatment and said it was all down to his ‘fantastic
“I can’t speak highly enough about the energy and
enthusiasm and of the people I work with.
They should all feel proud that the two hospitals have both earned top
Tony Yates, Executive Director at The Priory and
Edgbaston, added: “The quality of the food we serve, both to patients and in
the hospital restaurants, is a very important part of the service we provide
and I am delighted that we have scored so highly.”
Private hospital news : 28 January 2012