Friday July 8: Bendigo Health chairman, Bob Cameron spoke of the importance of good nutrition in patient recovery, as he announced the opening of the new Bendigo Hospital kitchen and supply department today.
“This is a significant and exciting milestone for healthcare in Bendigo, and indeed regional Victoria,” he said.
“The new hospital will help put patients first by providing better access to high quality healthcare services in a modern facility, and opening the new kitchen today is a highlight,” Mr Cameron added.
Bendigo Health’s supply and procurement staff members have also moved into the new facility and the supply department is now operational at this new location. It’s the hospital’s central point for distributions and dispatches, handling more than 25,000 dispatch and delivery movements each year.
With the new food services operated by facilities management company Spotless, the delivery of meals across all of the existing Bendigo Health sites continues by now utilising a state-of-the-art kitchen. The new kitchen produces 750 meals, three times per day, and meal destinations also include Bendigo Health’s aged-care sites located across the city.
The food services facility now offers added capacity for staff to produce more meals with greater efficiency while meeting today’s stringent hygiene standards.
“This high-tech hospital kitchen, located in close proximity to the newly opened loading dock on Drought Street and the goods supply area, is designed to produce a high volume of meals and to maintain the highest standards in food safety and hygiene,” Mr Cameron said.
“It’s clear to see that the Bendigo Hospital Project has created an optimal environment for the Spotless staff in this kitchen to ensure nutritional care for Bendigo Health patients, through healthy, efficient food delivery.”
According to Spotless facilities director, James Cochlan, the new Bendigo Hospital food services will be evermore central to the overall patient experience.
“Our team will ensure the consistent delivery of high quality food services to patients, as we utilise technological advancements in food preparation, distribution, and safety,” Mr Cochlan said.
The food services facility opened with 80 kitchen staff that made the transition across to new employer, Spotless from Bendigo Health. This recent changeover is ensuring continuity across the board.
“We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished so far, and we’ve welcomed Bendigo Health staff as they come across to the Spotless team, as part of this handover,” he added.
Exemplar Health chief executive Michele Morrison said the kitchen opening marks a team achievement which has delivered an early project milestone for the Bendigo Hospital Project.
“Many components of this project are well advanced, and this week the new kitchen and supply department have become the new hospital’s first fully functioning services, signalling exciting times ahead as we move forward to its opening in late January 2017,”Ms Morrison added.