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Friday, 6 December, 2002, 20:55 GMT
Loyd Grossman goes on the wards
Loyd Grossman
Loyd Grossman hears what patients think of the food
Food critic and TV presenter Loyd Grossman joined patients at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital to sample the fare on the wards.

His visit was part of a national drive to improve patient meals in the National Health Service (NHS) under the Government's Better Hospital Food initiative.

"Catering has been the Cinderella service of the NHS for too long," he said at the hospital on Friday.

"It's now time to give the patients what they want, when they want it and served at the right temperature."

Hospital catering
Every day 2,250 meals and 5,250 drinks are served to patients
Every day the hospital gets through 70 pints of milk
Every day the kitchens get through 100 kilos of chips
Every day the hospital serves 4,000 meals in the hospital restaurant

The former presenter of the BBC's Masterchef programme praised the hospital kitchen after tasting the macaroni cheese.

"The macaroni cheese does work. After all this time it still works."

Surveys of in-patients at the new hospital have shown consistently high patient satisfaction with the hospital food.

The latest available survey, carried out in September 2002, shows 77% of in-patients thought the quality of the meals was very good to excellent.

Only 2.3 per cent rated the food not very good.


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