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Nursing chief outlines catering changes after danger concrete found at Telford hospital kitchen

Read the latest column from Hayley Flavell, director of nursing at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.

Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust said the discovery had closed the kitchen and restaurant at Princess Royal Hospital.

We are not currently able to offer our usual catering service at Princess Royal Hospital in Telford as the kitchen and restaurant are currently closed, but I would like to reassure you all that we are doing all that we can to provide a hot meal service for patients.

This follows the identification of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) in a kitchen area at the hospital and, as a precaution, we have closed the kitchen and Apley Restaurant.

Part of the work includes building a temporary kitchen and we hope to provide 95 per cent of the hot meal options for our patients by the end of the week. We will be working on providing a full provision as soon as possible.

Whilst this work is continuing, alternative arrangements are in place for patients:

  • Patients on a normal diet will be receiving a choice of soups (all vegetarian); a selection of sandwiches; a selection of ham and vegetarian salads; yoghurts; mousse; ice cream; fruit; cheese and biscuits and snacks, which are cakes and biscuits.

  • Those with any dietary requirements will see no change in the menu.

  • For our younger patients on the PRH Children’s ward, we will also be providing, for example, fish fingers/chicken nuggets.

  • Caffe Bistro in the Women and Children’s Centre will be open Monday to Friday: 7.30am to 7.30pm or 9am to 4pm Saturday/Sunday and we have vending machines available across our hospital site.

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