Hospital caterers cook up the UK’s largest Christmas lunch

Craig McKenzie

On December 25th 2017, hospital caterers throughout the NHS cooked up the UK’s largest Christmas lunch, catering for nearly 400,000 patients in England alone.

Many NHS Trusts go the extra mile on Christmas day with hospitals nationwide providing festive cheer with roast turkey dinners, mince pies and crackers.

On Friday 22nd December, the BBC reported live from a hospital kitchen in Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, on its flagship programme BBC Breakfast. Led by catering manager Tracy Potter, the BBC followed the kitchen staff as it worked towards delivering its service on one of their busiest days of the year. On Christmas day itself, Stockpot hospital cooked 30 turkeys, 3500 sprouts and served 700 patients and staff.

Stewart McKenzie, HCA Chairman comments, “We are all extremely proud of our members and all NHS caterers who work so hard providing good nutrition and hydration 365 days of the year. Our focus is the patient, and we understand that Christmas is a difficult time for anyone in hospital, we applaud all caterers who were away from their families working on this day.”

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Jeremy Hunt, added his support to all those working on Christmas day by tweeting, “Thinking of all #nhs and social care staff working over Christmas to keep patients safe. Thank you from the whole county for your amazing service”

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