Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust has chosen to extend its partnership with Sodexo in a new five-year deal for patient dining and retail services at its Children's Hospital.
Sodexo will be building on its previous 10-year contract with Birmingham Children's Hospital, with the addition of the Parkview Clinic - a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) inpatient facility.
The £11 million contract will see Sodexo invest in the food, eating and retail facilities across the hospital and Parkview, with a new 120-seat staff and visitor restaurant, the first Crussh outlet outside of London, and the refitted Conservatory Café - all staffed by Sodexo's 50-strong team.
Ninety-five per cent of the food served will be fresh and cooked on site, and regular tasting sessions will be held with children at the on-site school to share feedback on menu design and to educate the pupils on the importance of good nutrition.
Stuart Winters, CEO of healthcare, Sodexo UK & Ireland, said the menus "have been designed to ensure that we give the right nutrition to children and young people to help them heal and recover, and play a part in the Children's Hospital staff continuing to deliver the best possible care".