No sug­ary drinks at hospi­tal

Coventry Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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