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New name, new look for York Hospital restaurant

A substantial investment to upgrade catering services at York Hospital was celebrated this week at a special event dedicating the staff restaurant to a much loved former staff member.

The former Mallard restaurant at York Hospital recently unveiled its new look following an extensive refurbishment. It has been renamed Ellerbys as a tribute to Keith Ellerby, a much respected member of the catering team who tragically lost his life in a sea fishing accident in October 2011.

The new restaurant was opened by Keith’s wife Susan (pictured centre).

Keith was just beginning his 50th year working for catering services at the Trust after starting his career in Bootham Park Hospital in 1962 as an apprentice chef. Before he died he had risen to become the Trust’s food safety and quality manager.

Peter Mills, head of facilities at York Hospital, said: "We are delighted with the new Ellerbys restaurant, it’s been a huge undertaking and a massive investment for the Trust. We now have state-of-the-art kitchens and a bright and inviting area for staff and visitors to enjoy our food. It’s an honour to be able to dedicate the restaurant to Keith Ellerby and I’m sure he would be very proud of what we’ve achieved."

The Trust has invested £4.3 million, to include a complete rebuild of the kitchen and dining room area and the creation of a central production unit for patient meals at York Hospital.

Ellerbys is open to staff and visitors from Monday to Friday 07.00-18.00 and weekends from 09.00 - 16.00.

03 February 2015

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