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Major High Street retail names open for business at Bradford Royal Infirmary’s new wing

Two of the biggest names on the High Street – Costa Coffee and M&S Simply Food – have opened their doors at Bradford Royal Infirmary this month as part of its multi-million pound new major development.

These well-known brands offer great food and drink choices and improve the hospital experience of patients, visitors and staff.

Work is now well underway on a new £28 million hospital wing which will house new wards for children and the elderly as well as a state-of-the-art intensive care unit, and as part of the transformation, the hospital’s main entrance in Duckworth Lane will also undergo a major overhaul.

Major High Street retail concourse BRI (4)The refurbished entrance saw the opening of new modern retail outlets on January 12 and alongside the well-known brands of Costa and M&S Simply Food, there is a Lifestyles restaurant offering all-day dining and Amigo newsagents.

Staff, patients and visitors are already enjoying other new food and drink facilities which have recently opened elsewhere on the hospital complex – two Delimarche catering outlets, located in the Women’s and Newborn Unit and Field House, are now up and running while a third Delimarche, located on the ground floor of St Luke’s Hospital, has also opened.

All the new food and retail services are being delivered by Compass Group UK and Ireland, the UK’s largest food services company. Its Healthcare Retail division has a proven track record of developing and operating more than 175 retail units across the NHS.

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive, Professor Clive Kay said: “We are delighted to be working with Compass Group UK and Ireland, an organisation which has a wealth of experience in delivering excellent retail facilities including High Street brands, to a significant number of hospitals across the country.

Major High Street retail concourse BRI (5)“We held extensive consultations with both patients and staff to find out what they wanted, and it is this feedback which has influenced our decision to work with Compass.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for the Trust, and the new outlets are greatly enhancing the experience of patients, visitors and staff; these are modern services for a modern hospital and complement our new hospital wing.”

Managing Director, Healthcare, Compass Group UK and Ireland, Steve Cenci said: “It’s fantastic to be able to bring a range of retail outlets to the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Experience has shown that having branded food outlets at hospitals helps to provide variety, familiarity and a more positive environment for patients, visitors and staff. Therefore, we hope that the inclusion of Costa and M&S Simply Food will be well received by customers.

“We have also worked to ensure healthy eating options are available across all the outlets, to help support the Trust’s vision of delivering healthy eating.”

 

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