Following a one-star food hygiene rating at St Mary’s hospital last year, inspectors have returned to the catering department and awarded it four out of five stars.

As previously reported, last October, the Food Standards Agency found major improvement was necessary for food handling, preparation, cooling and heating.

Last month an inspection found action had been taken to improve standards including; staff training on food handling and the introducing a new management team.

Issues that still need to be addressed include allergen labelling and chill display temperatures in fridges.

Maggie Oldham, Chief Executive at Isle of Wight NHS Trust, said:

“I am really proud of how our Catering team has pulled together and turned things around on behalf of our patients, our staff and the Island community.

“They do a hugely important job, working really hard behind the scenes and I would like to thank them for everything they do.

“It is great news that the Catering Service has reclaimed its Four Star rating and I know how keen we all are to keep on improving and to get Five Stars next time.”