At Royal Brompton Hospital we take food seriously. We believe our patients deserve good, nutritious food to make their stay pleasant and to aid their recovery.
What makes us different
All our meals are made daily on the premises using fresh ingredients, not ready meals. We have a fully equipped kitchen and highly skilled staff.
Nutrition and quality are our key considerations, not driving down costs. Our catering team puts sustainability first, meaning we use seasonal, organic and local produce whenever possible. After hard work in this area, 30 per cent of our food is now locally or organically sourced.
Read more about how your diet can help your recovery.
National coverage and royal recognition
We stand out amongst NHS hospitals with regard to our food and as a result we have been featured in national papers and on television in programmes such as the BBC's Operation Hospital Food with James Martin.
In 2008, HRH The Prince of Wales, who is committed to driving hospitals to improve food visited Royal Brompton for an event on top quality hospital food. Read an account of the Prince's visit.
The Observer highlighted our work in an article on NHS food in the its monthly food magazine, and in January 2012, Rose Prince wrote an article in The Daily Telegraph titled "How we can make hospital food much better"where she says that our catering team has "engineered nothing short of a revolution" in hospital food.
In 2011, Clarence House, in conjunction with the Soil Association, hosted a reception celebrating the best of British hospital foodand recognising the achievements of 14 NHS trusts, including Royal Brompton. HRH The Prince of Wales commented the hospital's catering is "the leading example of best practice in hospital food".
Marina O'Loughlin, Guardian Weekend's restaurant critic, visited Royal Brompton in 2015. Her piece in the paper described the “amazing job”carried out by the hospital’s catering and nutritional teams.
The independent Better Hospital Food project, set up by the government to drive up food standards in the NHS, awarded the Brompton its highest possible rating of ‘excellent’.
PEAT (Patient Environment Action Team) is an annual assessment of inpatient healthcare sites in England with more than 10 beds.
PEAT is self assessed and inspects standards across a range of services including food, cleanliness, infection control and patient environment (including bathroom areas, décor, lighting, floors and patient areas).
NHS organisations are each given scores from 1 (unacceptable) to 5 (excellent) for standards of privacy and dignity, environment and food within their buildings.
Visit the NHS Choices website to see our catering department featured in a short film.