Wednesday 25 November 2015
The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme makes good food hygiene easier to spot since it was introduced nationally in April 2011. Restaurants, pubs and hotels, as well as cafes, takeaways and other places selling or serving food, are rated from 0 - 5 on their hygiene standards.
The food hygiene rating or inspection result given to a business reflects the standards of food hygiene found on the date of inspection or visit by the local authority.
The food safety officer inspecting the business checks how well the business is meeting the law by looking at:
how hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored the condition of the structure of the buildings – the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities how the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe
At the end of the inspection, the business is given one of the six ratings from 0-5. The top rating of ‘5’ means that the business was found to have ‘very good’ hygiene standards.
Mount Stuart hospital absolutely prides itself on the cleanliness in all areas so this fantastic outcome comes as no surprise.
General Manager, Jeanette Mercer says “The whole department, kitchen and staff restaurant was relocated four months ago to a different floor as part of the major development taking place at Mount Stuart Hospital. This resulted in all new facilities and new processes in order to deliver food appropriately.
To have an unannounced inspection and maintain the highest level of achievement is truly amazing and a credit to the catering team. Within the Friends and Family survey (October), a patient wrote “I was on MasterChef and so I know a bit about food, I was very impressed by the extremely high standard of food and presentation, the food is better than many four and five star hotels”.
To receive comments such as this and obtain the highest level Food Hygiene Rating is truly amazing and I am exceedingly proud of the team.”
Ema Proctor, Operations Manager, added “This is a fantastic achievement for the team at Mount Stuart Hospital, I am very proud of all the catering staffs involved, for their on-going commitment and contribution to the high standards required for this five-star rating.”
Mount Stuart Hospital is near on completion of its £4.12million major development programme which will significantly enhance the Hospital to enable the hospital to meet a growing demand for its services, including the treatment of private patients and patients referred by the NHS. This exciting new development will see a third brand new laminar flow theatre, ambulatory care unit, dedicated day-case unit and restaurant area and will be completed in early 2016.
Mount Stuart Hospital offers a wide range of services to our Premium Care Patients - Insured and Self-Funding, and also to patients referred through the NHS EPR system (formally choose and Book) working together to relieve pressure on the public sector and collaborating in the provision of high quality healthcare in the community.