A hospital in the north-west has been warned that it must make "major improvements" to the standard of the food it dishes up for patients and staff.
Inspectors from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) have awarded a score of just one star out of five to the Beardwood Hospital, the Blackburn Citizen reports. The institution was examined in September before the conclusion was drawn, indicating hospital bosses need to act to improve the state of the kitchen.
They have claimed to have done just that already and are confident that standards are now higher, should another inspection be called.
Beardwood Hospital is operated by BMI Healthcare, which boasts of providing "quality and value" to its patients. It also offers facilities that are ideal for carrying out advanced surgical procedures.
A spokesman for the body said: "The process issues raised by the inspectors have been addressed and as a further measure we are taking forward plans for a full kitchen refurbishment."
Going under the knife at the hospital is not cheap, with the news source quoting figures of £4,200 for prostate surgery, £8,900 for hip replacements, £1,900 for a hernia repair and £9,500 for knee replacements. As such, high quality is sure to be expected when it comes to food and other amenities.
If improvements have been made to the extent that hospital bosses claim, the next inspection should ensure a more positive result is enjoyed. But for now, the hospital must continue to operate under the status of one star.
A range of factors are taken into consideration by the FSA when it carries out inspections, such as how food is handled, the management of operations by the business in question and the condition of the building.
Ultimately, the score a food business achieves on its FSA inspection could have a huge bearing on its future success, as a poor report may lead local people to stay away, while a positive result can draw new customers to it.