Lincoln hospital shops to be refurbished in £700k scheme

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Shops and cafes at Lincoln County Hospital will be revamped thanks to a £700,000 investment towards all county hospitals from CH&Co.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) has entered into partnership with catering company CH&Co to modernise the shops and cafes for staff and patients.

Beginning in January 2018, CH&Co will invest £700,000 to revamp the main entrances at Boston Pilgrim and Lincoln County and open brand new coffee shops named ‘Ground’.

New cafes will also open at the maternity wing and outpatients at Lincoln and CH&Co will open convenience stores, with coffee facilities, at ULHT’s three hospitals in Boston, Grantham and Lincoln, replacing WH Smiths.

Building work will start in the New Year, and the fully revamped stores and coffee shops with new facilitates are expected to be open by March.

Paul Boocock, Director of Estates and Facilities for ULHT said: “We’re pleased to announce ULHT has appointed the CH&Co Group to run coffee shops and convenience stores in our hospitals.

“Together we’ll bring the high street to our hospitals and offer staff and visitors a welcoming and better experience and offer a wider selection of products.

“As well as being better for our staff and visitors, it’ll be better for the environment and Lincolnshire business too. CH&Co’s products will use minimal packaging and they will source local products wherever possible.”

Andrew Scott, Sales Director at CH&Co Group said: “We are absolutely delighted to be partnering with ULHT. Developing the cafes and retails stores around the hospitals presents a fantastic opportunity for CH&Co.”