Top score awarded for food hygiene by Food Standards Agency

February 2011

Spire Hartswood Hospital in Brentwood has been awarded a rating of ‘very good’ through the Food Standards Agency’s Food Hygiene Rating System launched this week.  The scheme adopted by Brentwood Borough Council, shows consumers which businesses in the local area are providing the best standards of hygiene, structure and food safety management. It is similar to ‘scores on the doors’ systems which operates in several London Boroughs.

Spire Hartswood Hospital was inspected by environmental health officers and received a score of five or ‘very good’ which is the scheme’s highest rating. Mark Gilmour, Hospital Director commented:

“Despite being marked against the tough criteria associated with serving vulnerable people, we achieved a top score. This is testament to our team of chefs, kitchen staff and ward hostesses who provide this high quality standard that is echoed throughout all of the departments in the hospital”

Spire Hartswood Hospital provided private healthcare for over 40,000 patients in 2010 and will be adding this latest award to its other achievements of high patient satisfaction and low infection rates. In the latest patient survey for 2010, 89% of patients rated the hospital as excellent or very good which included positive comments from the patients about the standard of food they received during their stay at the hospital.

Local residents and visitors to the area can check the score given to food premises located within the Borough of Brentwood via the Food Standards Agency website

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A few of the Spire Hartswood catering team

Left to right are Paul Denny (Chef), Eileen Flaxman (Hostess), Ian Scoging (Chef) from the catering team at Spire Hartswood Hospital.

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