Top marks have been given for hygiene to the on-site restaurant and kitchens at Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Food hygiene inspectors from Ribble Valley Borough Council recently visited the Whalley-based facility and awarded it the maximum score of 5, meaning “very good”.
The Trust is scrutinised in the same way as fast food outlets, supermarkets and high end restaurants. Experts check how the food is stored prepared, cooked, cooled and re-heated.
Chief Executive Mark Hindle welcomed the top mark. He said: “I am pleased that our cleanliness, hygiene and modern standards are being officially recognised.”
Herbstones Restaurant – named by the patients at the hospital – delivers 9,000 meals every month. It provides hot food from breakfast time to anyone on site, as well as preparing most of the meals.
Last year, major investment saw the hospital kitchens fitted with a state-of-the-art “Frima Vario” cooking centre ensuring temperatures and cooking times can be controlled. Catering manager Peter Gardner said: “The cooker at the heart of our facility means we can prepare 200 portions of beef casserole, 200 portions of mash potato and 200 portions of rice pudding in two hours.”