Lincoln hospital cafes drop to one star hygiene rating

The two cafes at Lincoln County Hospital have dropped down from a five to a one star hygiene rating after a visit from City of Lincoln Council inspectors.

The Environmental Health team visited the cafes near reception and in the outpatients department on Friday, June 14 after a complaint. Issues were found with a fridge in the store room.

The Lincolnite understands that inspectors threw all the sandwiches in the fridge away apart from a few which were taken for testing.

However, a manager of the company who runs the cafes, CH & Co Group, is confident the rating will rise back up again soon.

Sam Townsend, CH&Co’s Group Manager for Boston, Lincoln and Grantham, told The Lincolnite there was a complaint about the air conditioning in the storage room, which prompted the inspection.

He said: “We already inspect the fridges and equipment every few hours every day. It was an unforeseen circumstance that the fridge in the storage room went down. It wasn’t emptied, but the items in the fridge weren’t going to be served.

“The supervisor on shift’s understanding came across wrong to the inspectors. The supervisor has got an investigation with us on Monday (June 24) and we’ve got two weeks to make sure everything is back up and running.

“We are getting it all done next week and will ring to inform Environmental Health to update them.

“I am 100% and there’s not a shadow of doubt that the rating will go up again. It was unfortunate that I was on holiday at the time, but we will do everything we can to ensure this is rectified and it won’t happen again.”