The Catering Services offers freshly prepared and cooked meals catering for all hospitality needs in house or outside of the Trust, providing hot and cold meals and finger buffets of the highest quality. The catering provided to the Hospital is one of the only few NHS sites that offer this freshly cooked service.

The department is committed to meeting the needs of those requiring certain health related nutritional requirements and diets including vegetarian, Halal or Kosher (prepared in accordance with the dietary guidelines of Jewish and Islamic laws). Supporting local companies for food supplies, using only Red Tractor certified meat and sustainable fish, and do not use any GM food items or foods with added trans fats.

There is a large team made up of different roles from chefs, diet clerks, kitchen porters and catering assistants, who strive to make meals: a time everyone looks forward to.


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

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