New-look dining room opens at Doncaster Royal Infirmary

A major refurbishment of Doncaster Royal Infirmary’s eateries was unveiled last week at the grand opening of the hospital’s new dining room, including a Subway restaurant.

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals entered into partnership with Sodexo, the world’s largest services company, earlier this year and since then they have made significant investments into patient dining and retail facilities.

The kitchens and dining rooms at Doncaster, Bassetlaw and Montagu hospitals have all undergone a makeover, receiving new kitchen equipment and facilities, a new electronic ordering system, while also extending opening hours to cater for visitors, patients and staff alike.

Opened last week, the new ‘Hot Kitchen’ restaurant features a range of delicious menu options from hot food for those on-the-go and tasty snacks, to a live cooking station which offers oriental, Mexican and other exotic tastes.

In addition to the Hot Kitchen restaurant, visitors can also find their favourite subs and salads on sale at the Subway outlet which offers all the same meals and deals that are available in its high street restaurants.

The new eateries mean that visitors to the hospital can grab a bite to eat any time between 7.00am and 9.00pm on weekdays, 8.00am and 7.00pm on Saturdays and 9.00am to 6.00pm on Sundays.

Opening the brand new facilities, Trust Chair, Suzy Brain England OBE, said: “I was delighted to open our new and improved catering facilities at the Trust. Colleagues and contractors have worked extremely hard to ensure that these refurbishments have been carried out in a timely fashion, and I thank them for their hard work.

“The kitchens and dining areas at the hospital had not been developed for a number of years so the beautifully decorated space and the new furniture make a refreshing change for visitors. They can now choose a tasty nutritious meal from a wide range of hot and cold options, in a fantastic new-look area.”

Carl Smith, Sodexo Retail Director for UK Healthcare, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming visitors into our new retail units to enjoy our fresh, quality, healthy food choices. We anticipate that customers, existing and new, will appreciate the restaurant and café developments. These include well known high street brands of Subway and a soon to be opened Costa. We’re very keen to continue our collaboration with the Trust to deliver a first-class retail food and dining experience for patients, staff and visitors alike.”

Doncaster Royal Infirmary will also see the opening of a new Costa, offering all of their high street deals, which will be located within the hospital’s gate four entrance.