Fruit & veg stall is a fresh sight
15 September 2016
Getting your five a day has just become easier thanks to a fruit & veg market stall at Southend University Hospital aimed at encouraging staff, patients and visitors to eat more healthily.
The idea came from suggestions from staff as part of the hospital's
staff forum and will now see the stall welcoming customers for the
next three months as part of a trial.
Open six days a week, Monday to Saturday, 8.30am - 7.00pm, the
stall offers everything from apples and bananas to Chinese pears,
coconuts and slices of melon.
It is already proving to be quite the hit with staff, patients and
visitors alike. Vikky Skidmore, from Southchurch, whose daughter,
Lilly, aged 9, is a regular patient at the Trust, was clear about
the benefits. She said: "This is amazing! Especially when I'm there
at numerous appointments with my disabled daughter, or worse, when
she's in and I need healthy food. Thank you, the stall is
Ifeanyi Nwonwu, Associate Director
of Facilities, who helped drive the idea forward, said: "It's great
it has already proved to be such a good talking point with everyone
and I think it just offers people a little variety. We always
welcome fresh ideas from staff to help drive and support a healthy