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Healthier Food as First NHS Cafe Opens Its Doors

February 09, 2009 4:56 PM

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Patients, staff and visitors in Greater Glasgow and Clyde hospitals are to benefit from a better range of healthier food as the first NHS run café opened its doors in Glasgow Royal Infirmary today.

All profits made by the cafés - wholly owned by the NHS - will be reinvested in the NHS and outlets will be staffed by NHS employees.

Key features of the cafés will include:

* Fifty per cent of products with lower fat, sugar and salt.

* Catering staff developing and testing healthy recipes. NHS staff at the Glasgow café have produced an award winning healthy 'Clootie Scone', made with mixed fruits and spices.

* Coffee ethically sourced with 100 per cent traceability to farmers who will benefit from a price 150 per cent higher than the Fairtrade price.
It is hoped to have four pilot cafés open in Glasgow hospitals by the summer.

Public Health Minister Shona Robison opened the NHS café at Glasgow Royal Infirmary today, presenting its Healthyliving Award and getting behind the counter to serve up healthy snacks for the first customers.

Ms Robison said: "It is important that the NHS takes the lead in making it easier for staff, visitors and patients to enjoy affordable, high quality and healthier foods.

"I'm delighted to open the very first NHS owned café in Glasgow Royal Infirmary and present it with its well deserved Healthyliving Award to recognise the range of healthy food choices available.

"Run by the NHS for the NHS, these cafés will put profits straight back into hospitals, benefiting patient care and, in many cases, creating new NHS jobs."

Andrew Robertson, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's Chairman, said: "This is an exciting new initiative and we're delighted that Glasgow Royal Infirmary is home to the first Aroma cafe in Scotland.

"Run by local NHS staff, selling quality produce prepared on site, I'm sure Aroma will be extremely popular with staff, patients and visitors.
"We are constantly striving to find new and innovative ways to drive up standards while at the same time ensure good value for the NHS - Aroma achieves both."

ENDS

Notes for Editors

Four pilot NHS Aroma cafés will open in NHS Great Glasgow and Clyde by summer. This will be at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, the Southern General, Stobhill and Victoria hospitals.

For further information contact 0141 210 4429.

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