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Innovative foodservice trolleys for Ulster Hospital

Ward kitchens installed by Stephens use bespoke Moffat system to deliver meals

Moffat's breakfast foodservice trolley at Ulster HospitalMoffat recently developed a breakfast service trolley for the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald, Belfast.  The trolley is being used in four new ward kitchens that have been installed by Stephens Catering Equipment Ltd, and was designed specifically for the site, with input from catering staff and Stephens.

As the name suggests, the trolley was created for breakfast service.  Features include an ergonomic design, easy handling, a warming drawer for toast and a water boiler – a major advantage is that the trolley runs off a single 13 amp plug.


Busy hospital kitchen designed around multifunctional, space-saving cooking appliance

Calderstones pushes flexibility to the maximum with FRIMA VarioCooking Center

Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation TrustCalderstones Hospital near Clitheroe has a new central production kitchen that prepares around 450 meals per day for residents, staff and visitors. The Trust is a specialist facility supporting people with learning disabilities from a forensic background. Since the majority of patients live on site, often in secure environments, the quality of food and the environment in which it is eaten are essential.

And that food quality is outstanding, from a menu with plenty of variety and a modern restaurant facility of a very high standard. At the heart of the operation is a FRIMA VarioCooking Center.

“We built the main kitchen around the FRIMA,” says Peter Gardner, catering manager at Calderstones. “We do everything in it, casseroles, stocks, soups, sauces, pasta, fried and griddled foods, puddings, plus special diets. Without it we’d be goosed. We bought it because of its flexibility– and we push its flexibility to the maximum.”


The beverage trolley – an important component of patient routine

Moffat’s beverage trolley: safe, sturdy and reliable Moffat's VBT Beverage Trolley

The arrival of the beverage trolley can be the highlight of the day for patients recuperating within a hospital ward. Equally, in care homes the beverage trolley is an important part of the daily routine. These trolleys need to be sturdy, functional and look good day in, day out.

Moffat’s VBT beverage trolley is ideal for heavy-duty use. It has a robust stainless steel construction with smart mahogany-look front and side panels. Four swivel castors make it easy to manoeuvre, while brakes on two of the castors ensure it stays in place while drinks are being served – essential for both patient and staff safety. (more…)

Hospital Catering Success: restaurants aim for growth at Wirral University Teaching Hospitals

Foodservice counters from British manufacturer Moffat ‘have made a huge difference’

Leverhulme judges describe award-winning restaurant’s refurbishment as ‘highly successful’

Moffat counters at Bowman's RestaurantRecently Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Trust upgraded two of its restaurants – Bowman’s at Arrowe Park Hospital and Firtrees at Clatterbridge Hospital.  Following the opening of the new facilities, catering turnover has increased substantially.  Key parts of the dramatic success are the foodservice counters from British manufacturer E&R Moffat.


Heart of England experiment puts patient choice at the heart of meal service

Moffat V-Gen trolleys facilitate radical system

Moffat's V-Gen at the Heart of England TrustHeart of England Foundation Trust has a system where patients chose their meal at point of service, on the ward, rather than by filling in menu forms in advance.  Helping facilitate this system is a fleet of Moffat V-Gen regen trolleys. 

Each day patients are given a choice of three hot main meals, at lunch and dinner, as well as salad and sandwiches and a selection of hot and cold desserts that are served from trolleys on the ward.  The V-Gen trolleys, which have both ovens and refrigerators, are used to regen hot food, store cold food and serve – patients are encouraged to come and see what’s on offer to select their choice, those who are bedbound receive a bedside service. The Ward Hostess asks the patient what they would like to eat, knowing exactly the number and variety of dishes that are available. The food service starts at different locations on the ward at each meal time, so the same patients do not get served last.  The menu changes daily, on a three-weekly cycle, and there are 1300 patients altogether across the Trust.  So how do catering staff know what volumes to prepare? 


Hospital Foodservice Regen: The Versatile V-Gen Trolley

Moffat's versatile V-Gen regen trolleyChill, store, regen and serve, all from one trolley…

Moffat at the Hospital Caterers Association National Conference and Exhibition, Celtic Manor, 11-12 April 2013

Moffat has developed a wide choice of equipment to suit the different meal delivery systems operated by hospitals.  At the HCA Conference the company will focus on regen, emphasising the range by showing a single tray regen trolley alongside a bulk food model.  (more…)

HCA 2013: Williams shows energy-efficient Grab & Go Multidecks

Williams Multideck with sliding doors at HCA 2013Hospital Caterers Association National Conference and Exhibition, Celtic Manor, 11-12 April 2013

Williams will promote its latest Grab and Go Multideck merchandisers at the HCA Conference.  New features and options include sliding front doors, a choice of stainless steel colour finishes and robust, energy-efficient LED strip lighting.

The new sliding front doors can reduce energy consumption by up to 50% compared to standard open-fronted merchandisers. The doors themselves are smooth operating and self-closing, allowing easy access, while guaranteeing uniform temperatures. Items are kept fresh and remain easily visible to customers. Panoramic tempered glass sides and shelves offer superb all-round visibility. (more…)