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Mid & South Essex NHS Trust offers staff healthy meals 24/7

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The challenge
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Key Facts:

Number of employees: 1000+

Industry: Hospital

HQ: Essex


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One of the UK’s largest NHS trusts uses Nosh to provide hot meals 24/7. They needed a solution that would

  • Support staff with nutritious meals 
  • Provide food around the clock 
  • Meet new food policies 

Scroll to find out how they did it. 

The company

The Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust runs three major hospitals across Essex and is one of the largest NHS trusts in the United Kingdom. It works with several smaller community hospitals within the region and serves 1.2 million people.   


The challenge

New policy within NHS National Standards of Hospital Food mandates requires that ‘staff and patients will be able to access nutritious food and drink at any time of day and night, every day of the week.’ 

The existing staffed kitchen at Broomfield Hospital can only run from 7am to 3:30pm. This left the night staff without access to healthy food and the Trust short of meeting policy. The hospital didn’t have funding to maintain the kitchen open hours for 24 hours.

They had previously used a warm vending service for pies and pastries, but there was little-to-no demand for this and the product received poor staff feedback. This led the team to a healthier, more wholesome unattended solution.  

The Trust needed a hot food catering solution that was: 

  • Cost-effective 
  • Able to feed 1000s of night staff 
  • Offering delicious, healthy meals 24/7

Our solution

Nosh recommended a smart vending service to meet volume requirements, space constraints and budget.

Storing up to 60 fresh pre-packed meals, staff can receive meals with the touch of a button. 

The managed machine package include offsite meal preparation, delivery and maintenance. 

Nosh worked with the Trust’s Comms team to promote the 24/7 unattended kitchen, the current menu and inform staff how to select meals. It was key to make sure night staff also had a variety of food options to choose from. Some of their favourite hot meals include: 

  • Chicken Thai Green Curry 
  • Beef in Black Bean Sauce
  • Chilli and Basil Chicken 
  • Stir Fry Chicken 
  • Sweet & Sour Tofu 
Now, the Trust is able to fulfil its legal requirements and offer staff amazing dishes around the clock. We were thrilled to support hospital workers by giving them the delicious meals and sustenance they need to be able to do their job. 

Why would you recommend Nosh?

Nosh has done a fantastic job, we couldn’t be happier.

“Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and has made a really good impact on morale,” The Doctors Mess Co-President stated. 

Staff at Broomfield Hospital have likened Nosh’s pre-packed meals to restaurant quality. 


The Trust appreciates how easily Nosh’s solution was implemented and how quickly staff can be eating. 

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