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Dorset Hospital Keeping Food Standards High Amid Survey Controversy


2:27pm 27th August 2013

Over half of patients at Dorset County Hospital have rated food served to them as "good" despite poor results elsewhere in England.

A recent survey claims 50% of NHS patients are dissatisfied with meals on the wards.

Dorchester's Hospital rated highly though for quality and choice of food.

The Campaign Group for Better Food is accusing Hospitals of hiding the truth about the quality of food they serve. It's after they compared figures from this latest survey - gathered by Hospitals themselves - with an independent survey by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

There's a stark difference between the two.

Many Hospital Bosses gave themselves top marks for their dishes. But that's in contrast to the CQC report which reveals half of patients are dissatisfied with what's on offer.

Good news for Dorset County Hospital though, 6 out of 10 surveyed rated their meals as "good" and 9 out of 10 said they were given a choice of food.

Director of Nursing at Dorset County Hospital Alison Tong told Wessex-FM their kitchen tries to keep standards high:

"The menu choices are varied. Patients generally get a choice of hot meals, cold meals and sandwiches. Same with deserts and lunch and evening menus, plus they can have snacks."

"The kitchen team work tirelessly to ensure the service they provide works for patients so it meets their requirements. But that it's also nutritionally stable and sound and I think they go above and beyond to make sure that happens."

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