No sugary drinks at hospital
SUGARY drinks and calorie ridden foods are now off the menu and out of the vending machines at Nuneaton’s hospital as it wages a war against obesity and unhealthy eating.
The George Eliot Hospital has risen to the challenge of providing healthy food for its staff, visitors and patients.
In line with Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUINs) scheme, the ‘Eliot had to stock 70 per cent of sugar free drinks, 60 per cent of its sweets on sale should not exceed 250 calories and at least 60 per cent of pre-packed sandwiches, snacks and meals must be less than 400 calories.
Andy Laverick, director of IT, estates and facilities, explained that the hotel services staff had worked hard on making sure the hospital was compliant.
One sticking point was pre-packed sandwiches: “Initially we made our sandwiches in house in the canteen and it was difficult for us to work out the calorific content, so it was difficult for us to prove we were achieving the 60 per cent.
“We now source sandwiches that are pre packed and have the right calorie content, and do not exceed five grams of saturated fat.”
There is also a ban on advertising sugary drinks and foods high in fat, sugar and salt, as well as ban on the sale of such food and drinks at the check-outs in the Raveloe restaurant, the Bean Cafe and WH Smith.
It was also noted that the League of Friends, which runs the tea bar, is now compliant with some requirements of the CQUIN and work is ongoing in relation to the calorific content of stock.