A few weeks ago Darlington Memorial Hospital welcomed a visit
from TV Chef and restaurateur Simon Rimmer.
Simon came and filmed a piece behind the scenes in the kitchens
at Darlington and interviewed some members of the catering team for
the BBC1 programme 'Food Fighters'.
The filming covered the whole food journey, from when it arrives
at the hospital as raw ingredients to when it is served to a
patient on a ward.
Darlington was chosen because it is quite unique in having its
own kitchen and preparing meals for patients, visitors and staff
all on site - about 4, 500 a week - and for the reputation it has
gained for high quality food.
The catering team has been recognised with a number of different
awards and achievements for the high quality food and service they
provide and this was echoed during Simon and the production crew's
You can see the final results of the filming as part of the Food
Fighters programme being broadcast on Friday 15 July at 11am on
'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been
excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very
thankful and relieved patient'.
Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital
of North Durham