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November 2021

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Northern Health food services assistant Amrita Prasko.

Veggies steam ahead in new kitchen

Northern Health patients have more fresh and healthy meal varieties as kitchen staff cook vegetables in their new state-of-the-art industrial kitchen – with three new steamers for this purpose.

The kitchen was part of the Northern Hospital expansion project stage two.

Catering manager Tina Smith said her team received feedback from patient surveys about what fresh and healthier meal options they would like to see on the menu.

‘For the patients, it means better quality vegetables and more variety and satisfaction.’

‘Dietetics and speech pathology worked closely with the food service team to develop a new fresh vegetable menu, add items and build recipes into the menu management system,’ said grade three dietitian Hayley Collins.

Director of support services Greg Warman said the team had been working towards these enhancements since the new kitchen opened.