A new patient-centred kitchen is set to open at the University Hospital of Hartlepool, health bosses have confirmed.
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust quashed rumours that catering staff were moving from their current site to a new hospital in Stockton, and instead revealed that although the kitchen will close it will be replaced by a new one.
The new kitchen is focused on patients and will open near wards, making it more convenient to prepare and serve meals.
The current kitchen is almost 30 years old and had catered for patients as well as staff. It is one of a number of services being relocated to the main tower of the site as part of a move costing £350,000.
An investment will be made to develop and fit the new kitchen, with some of the best catering equipment from the former facility being transferred.
The trust’s deputy director of support services, Peter Mitchell, told the Hartlepool Mail: “Next week the old main kitchen near the Hart Building at the University Hospital of Hartlepool will close. A new dedicated patient kitchen will open on the second floor of the ward block, which is next to the inpatient wards.
“The new kitchen will provide patient services right at the centre of where the patients are being cared for. With the new kitchen much closer to the wards we know that this will improve and enhance the service that we provide for our patients.”