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Top food hygiene marks for Lincoln inpatient units

Inpatient units in Lincoln, run by Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, have gained top marks for their food hygiene.

The City of Lincoln Council’s environmental health team assessed Lincoln’s Peter Hodgkinson Centre, Francis Willis Unit and Long Leys Bungalows against the Food Agency Standards criteria for the “scores on the doors” scheme.

All three units were awarded a five — the highest mark available — for their management, safety and hygiene.

Environmental health officers inspect safety and hygiene procedures and practices, the physical structure of the production areas and the attitude and knowledge of staff.

Trust hotel services manager, Helen Dolby, said: “Good nutrition and the most robust food hygiene practices help prevent prolonged hospital admissions, poor health, and higher costs to the NHS.

“We focus our energy on ensuring patients not only benefit from the right types of food, but also on treating nutrition and food hygiene as an important aspect of patient safety.”

Director of nursing and operations, Dr Julie Hall, added: “It is reassuring to know that we are excelling in ensuring food hygiene and safety for our patients, visitors and staff.”