From August 2021, Spice of Life restaurants at Whiston and St Helens Hospitals will be expanding their menu to include Halal options.
A selection of meals including pastries and chicken dishes will now be available each week for people following a halal diet. Halal food is prepared following a traditional Islamic process, making it suitable for the Muslim population.
The menu changes were suggested by the Trust’s Building a Multicultural Environment Staff Network, after the absence of Halal dishes in the Hospital restaurants was identified by members of the network.
Clinical Quality Specialist and Network Chair, Dawn Hardie (pictured) said ‘The Network aim is to help to bring about change within the trust to ensure it is a truly inclusive place to visit and work. Any change, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction and is a positive step for patients, staff, and the Trust as whole.’
Spice of Life Retail Manager at Whiston, Rebecca Gregory, said, ‘We’ve seen a growing demand for a greater variety of world foods and flavours from our customers. Broadening our menu to include Halal options, not only means we are catering for people who follow a Halal diet, but we are offering a greater variety of tasty dishes too. We’re delighted that these changes will mean even more people can enjoy delicious meals from our restaurants.’