What rating did our hospital food score?

Auburn Hospital food services assistants Suna Orcun and Hardheet Barar.

Westmead and Auburn hospitals food service departments have both achieved “A ratings” from an external audit.

Each year public hospitals undergo an external audit which measures accountability and performance as part of the national guidelines.

Westmead Hospital’s food services manager Josephine Craig said the purpose of the audit is to ensure we are complying with national standards for food safety and quality control.

“The audit ensures we are following the correct processes,” Ms Craig said.

“They look to see if fridge and freezer temperatures are checked regularly and food is being delivered safely to the patient.

“It shows our committed staff are properly documenting processes, maintaining cleaning procedures and compliance with serving meals to patients.”

Food services departments within New South Wales hospitals now report to HealthShare NSW.

“Since the amalgamation with HealthShare NSW I have found the way we work has improved because everything we do now is standardised,” Ms Craig said.

“This means if you transfer to work in another food service department at another public hospital the processes and procedures will be the same.

“This A rating for Westmead and Auburn hospitals is a credit to the hard work of the staff, Western Sydney Local Health District and HealthShare NSW.”

Westmead Hospital food services assistant Sohaila Yari and patient Nicholas Hoschke.