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Steamplicity launches new hospital dishes

Steamplicity, the innovative steam cooking system created by Compass Group UK & Ireland, has launched its Autumn/Winter menu, bringing a range of new dishes to thousands of hospital patients across the UK.

Steamplicity works using a unique steam valve to cook meals in minutes, using fresh and raw ingredients – ensuring a high nutritional value as well as meals that taste and look great. Compass’ Healthcare division use the system to deliver meals to over 6 million patient meals in over 70 NHS Trust and private hospitals across the UK.

The updated menu is based on insights from the Patient Association’s Patient First Report, commissioned by Compass Group UK & Ireland, which outlined 16 recommendations for a great hospital food and drink service. The new menu focusses on the provision of high quality food which satisfies the top three patient priorities: great taste, wider choice and correct temperature. Traditional and wholesome dishes, such as lamb & lentil stew (pictured), and salmon & tomato pasta, are at the heart of the new menu alongside more adventurous meals, Chinese chicken curry for instance, offering comfort of choice in a menu with over 30 meals included.

Of the eight additions, three are vegetarian dishes, a decision made in line with patient feedback. These include a cheese and potato pie, vegetarian meatballs and roast potatoes, as well as potato, leek and pearl barley soup. There is also a choice of finger food, aimed at helping patients living with dementia eat more easily.

Steven Cenci, Managing Director – Healthcare, Compass Group UK & Ireland said of the new menu, “The innovative nature of our Steamplicity system allows us to cook fresh and raw ingredients in just minutes, enabling us to provide patients with food that is both great tasting and nutritious. Coupled with the findings from our Patient First Report we have the tools to continually perfect our patient dining offer and these new dishes really strengthen the choice we have on the menu.”

Kate Edgecombe, New Product Development Manager Steamplicity, commented, “We have already gained great feedback from clients and patients, especially around the increased choice. We work really hard to develop our menus, using insights to make informed decisions, so it’s great to see the new dishes being enjoyed by patients nationwide.”