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They say an army marches on its stomach, well it’s the same for NHS staff! A tasty meal on a shift break is vital to keep staff fuelled, especially when they have been burning off extra energy wearing PPE.

Our catering teams across our hospitals have been working hard throughout the pandemic to keep staff fed and watered. They have also continued to produce the same good quality service to our patients, to ensure they have breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily, along with lots of drinks and snacks in between to help them on the road to recovery.

Our teams at Peterborough City, Stamford and Rutland and Hinchingbrooke Hospitals prepare an average of 2000 inpatient meals a day. The meals are distributed on the wards by our ward hostesses, who are always popular with our patients and are a vital part of the ward team.

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Our kitchen staff produce nutritionally-balanced meals and cater for all requirements to ensure there’s something on offer to tempt all tastebuds. This month they are also busy preparing Christmas meals for staff and patients.

Lisa Normanton, catering manager at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, said: “It has been amazing to watch how the whole trust has pulled together during this pandemic and really shown what great things can be done with teamwork. We felt privileged to be called upon to feed the staff when their wards were on lockdown. We made sure they had food for every shift so staff could help themselves whenever they could get a break. Everyone in catering helped at the busiest times and I am really proud to be part of the catering department.

We’d like to say thank you to all our staff involved in feeding patients and staff across our hospitals. It’s not an easy job (let’s not even think about the piles of washing up they have to contend with) but they all do it with a friendly smile.