The Gibraltar Health Authority’s new Catering Services Unit at St. Bernard’s Hospital was inaugurated in October 2015.
The facility, which is located to the west of the main hospital building in an area which was formerly a void over the garage entrance, is linked directly to the hospital and replaces the old kitchen at the North Mole.
The new facility is purpose built, to the highest standards of hygiene and efficiency, including energy efficiency. Flows of food, from delivery, through preparation and serving to removal of waste follows a continuing flow thus reducing the risk of cross contamination.
The amount of food waste has also be significantly reduced. The design, which can cater for the production of up to 2000 meals a day, also means that the need for daily maintenance is greatly decreased. Staff facilities are also greatly improved.
All equipment is energy saving and water saving, there is full ventilation and a challenge for any building that uses so much electrical equipment, it has attained an ‘A’ rating for energy performance and environmental impact.