New restaurant opens at Wexham Park Hospital
Wexham Park Hospital’s main restaurant is now open following a major refit.
A new service area, fresh cook facility, hot beverage station, cold snack, salad and sandwich section were part of the £390,000 refurbishment. Soft seating areas, fresh décor, new lighting and windows also formed part of the overhaul.
The investment at the Slough hospital followed catering services at Wexham Park and Heatherwood in Ascot being brought in house on February 1, 2017. All 130 catering staff transferred from previous contractor Sodexo to Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust with terms and conditions protected under a TUPE - Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) – agreement.
The main restaurant, used by staff and visitors, has now been renamed the Courtyard Restaurant. Among the first to visit the restaurant following its refit were Janet King, director of HR and corporate services, and trust chairman Pradip Patel.
Janet said: “This model of catering has worked really well at Frimley Park Hospital, where we receive excellent feedback from patients and visitors. Running catering ourselves at Wexham and Heatherwood will give us the chance to regularly review our services and respond quickly to needs.”
Trust chairman Pradip Patel said: "Our staff may not get much time for lunch, so having somewhere they can grab some good food in pleasant surroundings is especially important.
“They are our greatest asset as an organisation, so being able to provide them with a facility as good as this is wonderful.”
The new restaurant enhances Wexham Park’s other facilities for meals and refreshments, including The Crossroads Café, Café Glades off main reception, Costa Coffee and the RVS shop in the main entrance.