Walton Hospital - temporary catering arrangements
As you will probably be aware, the main kitchen at Walton Hospital is now closed and meal production has moved temporarily to Ash Green. This is until a brand new purpose-designed kitchen and dining room opens on the Walton site in autumn this year to cater for staff and visitors.
In the meantime our IFM and estates colleagues are working hard to minimise disruption and ensure staff still have access to refreshments, albeit a more limited choice. Here are a few things you should know if you going to Walton Hospital:
End of January
• The current Walton dining room is due to close. Interim arrangements are being made to provide some temporary facility for staff to buy food or eat lunch away from their desks.
• Building work will start to create training facilities, office and agile working space in the former kitchen and dining room.
Mid-to-late February (date to be confirmed)
• A small servery on the Peter McCarthy Suite will be provided where staff can buy sandwiches, salads and cold snacks.
• A few tables and chairs will be provided on the Peter McCarthy Suite between February and June this year as a place where staff can eat away from their desks. It will be monitored by IFM staff to ensure it is kept clean and tidy.
• People Services and Finance offices on the Peter McCarthy Suite will be relocated to the Leahurst Unit (within the Walton Hospital site) so that building work can commence on developing the new hospital kitchen and dining room within the Peter McCarthy Suite.
• Alternative temporary catering provision for staff and sit down eating space will be worked up for the June to September months.
• The brand new kitchen and dining room at Walton Hospital will open.
Kay Bradley, integrated facilities manager, said: “We are very grateful to everyone for their support during these alternations. At the end of it we’ll have fabulous new catering facilities, which our catering team is really excited about, as well as new training and agile working space. For the next few months we will do all we can to keep disruption to a minimum but we appreciate these are large-scale changes in the ongoing redevelopment of the Walton site and we thank people for their patience.”