On Friday 2 February, Members of the Northern Ireland Branch met with our colleagues in CMAI (Catering Managers Association Ireland) at the new state-of-the-art St. Vincent’s Private Hospital in Dublin. This is the largest acute private hospital in Dublin and comprises eight floors and two basement levels offering 233 inpatient beds, 30 daycare beds, 27 Oncology daycare bays, Infusion Suite, Specialist Consulting Rooms and Expanded Diagnostic and Treatment facilities including Operating Theatres, Endoscopy Suites, Angiography Suite, MRI, CT Scanning, Ultrasound, Mammography, Dexa Scanning, Interventional Radiology, Radiotherapy, Medical Assessment Unit, Sleep Laboratory, Pulmonary Function Lab, Physiotherapy, Urodynamics, Outpatient Surgical Facilities, Outpatient Cardiology Facilities, Pain Management Services and Pathology Services. The Private Hospital, which employs up to 900 staff, is linked to St. Vincent’s University Hospital via an underground tunnel.
The Catering Department employs approximately 116 staff in five areas and there are 11 pantries around the site. The inpatient service is available from 6:45am to 9pm, with seven shifts covering these times; the restaurant opens from 7:45am to 3pm Monday to Friday and 7:45am to 3pm at the weekend; and the Coffee Dock is open 7:30am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 3pm to 7pm on Saturday. It is closed on Sundays.
Keith Wickham, Catering Officer, led us on the tour of the Catering Department, which had been refurbished by Stephens Catering several years ago. We always look forward to our annual ‘get together’ with our colleagues in the Republic of Ireland and, once again, this proved a very informative and positive networking experience.