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First NHS-owned hospital cafe offers healthy food

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The first NHS-run cafe in Scotland opened its doors in Glasgow Royal Infirmary this week, featuring a menu of healthy hospital food for staff and patients.

All profits made by NHS Aroma cafés will be reinvested in the NHS and outlets will be staffed by NHS employees, the Scottish Executive said. Four pilot cafés will open in Glasgow hospitals by summer, with a further two opening in Highland next month. If successful the cafés will then be rolled out across Scotland.

Half of the products on sale in the cafe are low in fat, sugar and salt, while the coffee has been ethically sourced.

Scottish public health minister Shona Robison said: 'It is important that the NHS takes the lead in making it easier for staff, visitors and patients to enjoy affordable, high quality and healthier foods. Run by the NHS for the NHS, these cafés will put profits straight back into hospitals, benefiting patient care and, in many cases, creating new NHS jobs.'

Andrew Robertson, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's chairman, added: 'This is an exciting new initiative and we're delighted that Glasgow Royal Infirmary is home to the first Aroma cafe in Scotland.'

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