The Catering Service offers freshly prepared and cooked meals, catering for all hospitality needs in Harrogate District Hospital and Ripon Community Hospital.  This Service is one of only a few within the NHS that offer this freshly prepared meal service.

Meals, snacks and beverages are provided for patients, visitors and staff, plus a hospitality service is available on request.

The Catering Service is committed to meeting the special dietary needs of customers, as closely as possible and all the team undergo specialist training in this and other important aspects of food safety.  Supporting local companies for food and beverage supplies whenever possible, the best value ingredients and products are procured.

The Catering Service is managed by a skilled and dedicated team, including chefs, diet clerks, kitchen porters and catering assistants, who strive to make meals a time everyone looks forward to.

Meet David, our Catering Manager: Watch here

We regularly collate customer feedback, to allow us to continuously improve our service.  Please view our feedback and response here: Customer Survey Results

Some of our achievements in figures


Yorkshire puddings served in 2020


meals dished up in 2020


miles walked


plates and crockery washed

What They Say About Us

I just wanted to take a moment to praise one of your domestic Team that has been on Byland the last couple of days.

We have had… working with us, and he has been amazing.  Cheerful, happy and has a lovely manner with the patients.  The ward team continually comment on how lovely he is. He has never stopped today, and has done an amazing job.

Ward Manager - Byland Ward

The reason for contacting you is to acknowledge my appreciation of… He offered to make me a hot drink during a difficult day, which I truly appreciated. He is always very pleasant when he enters the ward. He truly deserves a pat on the back.

Sister - Oakdale ward

Many staff have commented how well our offices are being cleaned and we wanted you to know what a great job the team is doing.  Having clean facilities is very important, especially at present, and we are therefore very grateful for your hard work.

Matron – Planned and Surgical Care

I wish to pay a compliment to one of your porters…

I was admitted to day surgery for a procedure and the porter who transported me from theatre, back to the ward was so kind. I was struck by his kindness, concern and consideration.  He maintained my dignity throughout.  What a thoughtful and pleasant young man.

Mrs Craven

Please could you send positive feedback for “going that extra mile” to the collection driver.

The Hospital had called to say we were not getting a collection this afternoon; however, the driver called when leaving Green Hammerton to ensure our specimens were collected.  

He was exceptionally friendly and patient as he waited for the team to finish. He could not be given any higher praise from the Reception team.

Thank you very much for your continued support.

Church Lane Surgery Team

We as a whole would like to nominate… as a star employee.  The porter is always a very happy person, constantly smiling and no task is ever too much bother.  

Unfortunately, the porter who usually comes had an accident in his van, subsequently our blood samples from District Nurses and midwives were not picked up.  This morning the porter has come in especially and has kindly said that he would take them with him, which means many patients will not have to go through the horrible time of having bloods taken again.

He is an asset to your team.

Bedale Health Centre

I would like to place on record how amazing the porters have been supporting all at the hospital.  We have all had to adapt and change our methodologies but without the team of porters supporting our efforts, particularly whilst on reception, we would have struggled to provide the level of service that patients and visitors alike have come to expect from the Trust.

Main Reception Desk - HDFT

Accreditations and Standards

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