The Royal Hobart Hospital’s new $5.8 million kitchen at Cambridge, designed to improve working conditions and patient food services, has been officially opened.
The new kitchen is part of the first phase of the RHH Redevelopment and has replaced the Royal’s 60-year-old facility with its outdated equipment and infrastructure.
More advanced equipment, including combi ovens, 400-litre mixer kettles and large tumble chillers, now provide greater cooking controls for a more consistent product.
The centre also includes a temperature controlled preparation area for salads and sandwiches, and increased refrigerated storage capacity for the potential production of more products.
Given the capacity for expansion in the new facility, there is potential for future increases in services to government and private facilities.
In addition to the RHH, the food production centre provides meals for Oakdale, Howrah Beach Childcare, Eastside Care, Flagstaff Gully Childcare, Risdon Prison, Queen Victoria Home, Millbrook Rise, Strathaven, Wilfred Lopes Centre, Ningana, Salvation Army Citadel and Strathglen.
The RHH food services unit produces over one million meals a year, however, the new facility has the capacity to increase this fourfold.
The new kitchen produces 13 distinct menus catering for varying dietary needs such as allergy, texture modification and cultural requirements, and can produce larger food batches.
All 35 staff were retained in the transition to the Cambridge centre.