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New Kitchens and Canteen open at Letterkenny General Hospital

A new Catering Central Production Unit (CPU) which includes kitchen and food storage facilities together with new visitor and staff canteen areas has recently opened at Letterkenny General Hospital. The hospital’s previous catering facilities were extensively damaged by flooding in July 2013.

Commenting Sean Murphy, General Manager Letterkenny General Hospital said, “The Catering Department at the hospital prepares and cooks over 1400 meals every day for patients, staff and visitors and this key facility was lost to the hospital after the flooding event. It is of great credit to the dedicated and hard working catering staff that temporary facilities were up and running within the hospital almost immediately and they have provided over 750,000 meals to patients, staff since then.

“The design and planning for the new facilities began in late 2013 and the work was overseen by a Catering Rebuild Project Team. This team included an Environmental Health Officer, catering management and staff, the Facilities Manager, CPU staff and infection control staff . The new facility uses the most up to date building techniques to ensure that food safety is paramount and all the new equipment is the most modern available.

Concluding Sean Murphy said “The huge logistical effort by the Catering Team at the hospital to set up a temporary facility and then relocate to the new state of the art unit has demonstrated their commitment to providing good quality and safe food for all patients, staff and visitors at Letterkenny General Hospital.”