Bexhill Hospital will be partnering with Compass Group UK & Ireland to present an exciting new menu of Steamplicity meals to patients from October 2021.
Bexhill Hospital in East Sussex is managed by the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust – which includes Eastbourne and Conquest Hospital in St Leonards-on-Sea - both already have partnerships with Compass for its range of Steamplicity meals.
Steamplicity technology is a unique cooking system with the ability to ‘microsteam’ fresh and raw ingredients in under five minutes. This method of cooking delivers the maximum nutritional value to recovering patients, alongside an unmatched ability to cook food on the ward delivering great taste, temperature and choice, as well as offering flexibility and consistency. The meals are created by Healthcare chefs and dietitians, with the menu providing 30 dishes across lunch and dinner. Highlights include Steamed Wild Salmon in Hollandaise Sauce, Roast Chicken with Vegetables and Chickpea and Spinach Curry. This amazing choice caters for a wide range of dietary requirements, which are essential in a hospital setting. The new menu includes over a third of vegetarian or vegan dishes, supporting the drive to provide more plant-based meals in line with Compass’ Net Zero and NHS Food Review commitments.
The partnership will also see an initial investment from Compass to provide equipment and technology to serve around 60 people a day.
Russell Sherry, Facilities Manager at Bexhill Hospital said: “This new partnership is based on the success of Steamplicity meals in our partner hospitals in Eastbourne and at Conquest, so we’re looking forward to bringing it to our patients at Bexhill. Steamplicity gives us the balance of flexibility, consistency and choice.”
Steve Cenci, MD Healthcare - Compass Group UK & Ireland said: “Tasty, nutritious meals that patients want to eat are at the heart of our menus. Our chefs and dietitians work hand in hand, basing new concepts on feedback and research so that our meals are constantly evolving. Our Autumn menu sees an increased focus on vegetarian options and plant-based alternatives, which we’re excited to launch at Bexhill.”
Served at over 20 NHS Trusts across the UK, Steamplicity meals are based on patient research. Recent menu development follows the ‘Putting Patients First’ food survey, where Steamplicity asked 800 patients across seven hospitals to highlight important factors when creating meals patients wanted to eat.