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New hospital café promotes healthy eating options for Cambridge nurses

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Staff at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge can now get a range of nutritious snacks and lunch options thanks to a new cafe designed to promote healthy and drinking.

The café, situated in the outpatients area, is the latest healthy food outlet opened by the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS), as part of a nationwide campaign to improve the choices on offer in hospital.

“The transformation of our hospital retail estate is starting to shift consumer behaviour”

Kate Bull

In the first quarter of this year the charity, which runs more than 400 hospital cafes, shops and trolley services, said it had seen sales of fresh fruit rise by 25% and sales of salads and sushi increase by 55%.

Meanwhile, sales of healthier sweet and savoury snacks like popcorn and dried fruit have increased by 109%.

The Healthier Choices campaign was launched in 2016 following concern about the prevalence of unhealthy food options on offer in hospital and the overall health of the NHS workforce.

Royal Voluntary Service (RVS)

New hospital café promotes healthy eating options for Cambridge nurses

Dr Mike More, Board Chair of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and RVS Chief Executive Catherine Johnstone.

An RVS survey found many nurses and doctors turned to quick fix sugary snacks to get them through long shifts, while many reported skipping meals altogether.

The café at Addenbrooke’s, part of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is called Tea & Co and offers a range of healthy snacks and lunch options for staff, visitors and patients.

The facility was officially opened by trust chair Mike More today, who said it would provide “a much-valued service to our staff and patients”.

Kate Bull, executive director of retail for RVS, said the charity’s sales figures showed its healthy lifestyle campaign was starting to have an effect.

“Our latest sales figures show that the transformation of our hospital retail estate is starting to shift consumer behaviour,” she said.

“We believe that the best way to support NHS workforce health reform is to help hospitals become hubs for healthy eating and drinking,” she added.

Royal Voluntary Service (RVS)

New hospital café promotes healthy eating options for Cambridge nurses

Royal Voluntary Service Tea & Co volunteer Laura Smith; RVS Chief Executive Catherine Johnstone; Dr Mike More, Board Chair of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; RVS volunteer Roseanna Waterfall.

Royal Voluntary Service (RVS)

New hospital café promotes healthy eating options for Cambridge nurses

RVS Tea & Co volunteers Liz Taylor and Leigh Bowsted.

Royal Voluntary Service (RVS)

New hospital café promotes healthy eating options for Cambridge nurses

RVS Tea & Co volunteer Penny Gillett; RVS Tea & Co manager Chris Ballingall; RVS Tea & Co volunteer Sue Calvert.

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  • Good news but, though healthy, nurses need some carbs to do all the running around in their daily care of patients and chips are a cheap option

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