A Teesside sandwich business is giving patients food for thought after securing contracts to supply its products to the NHS across the country.
On A Roll Sandwich Company has launched its Nourishh range at hospitals in Darlington, Stockton, North Wales and the brand new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington, Northumberland.
Nourishh offers a choice of traditional and vegetarian fillings which meet NHS guidelines on calorific content and nutrition.
On A Roll is currently producing approximately 14,000 Nourishh sandwiches every week, but hopes to at least double that volume once its brand new £3.6m factory opens in Middlesbrough later this year.
On A Roll director James Stoddart said: “We developed the Nourishh range with the end user very much in mind. It was a case of striking a balance between good quality, tasty fillings and meeting the nutritional guidelines such as being at least 300 calories and containing a minimum of 18g of protein.
“We are delighted to have launched the range at a number of hospitals across the country and are speaking with more NHS Trusts to distribute the product further.”
On A Roll was set up in 2007, operating from two rooms in a local bakery in Middlesbrough, but now produces around seven million sandwiches every year delivering to hospitals, schools, universities, workplaces and retailers.
In September, the firm will move into a purpose built 35,000 sq ft factory at Riverside Park, Middlesbrough, which will boost its current workforce by around 100 to 230 staff.
Emphasis has been made during design to deliver the highest possible hygiene standards ensuring consistent, excellent microbiological testing results.
The Nourishh sandwich range offers familiar favourites such as cheese salad, tuna, turkey and coronation chicken, as well as several vegetarian options.
Each sandwich is cut into smaller triangles with neat packaging displaying its nutritional content.
Bill Murray is hotel services officer for catering at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington.
He said: “Providing our patients with high quality nutritious food is an essential part of their recovery and helps them to get well more quickly.
“This is particularly important for patients in our new Northumbria hospital who are seriously ill and injured and the On A Roll sandwiches are available to patients 24/7 as part of our new system of catering.”
The opening of the new Northumbria hospital in June heralded a new era in emergency care at the trust which is at the forefront of new models of care in the NHS with emergency care consultants on site 24/7.
Consultants in a broad range of conditions also offer services seven days a week, speeding up specialist care for patients to help save more lives and maximise chances of survival and a good recovery for more patients.
Outlets interested in stocking the Nourishh range should call On A Roll on 01642 707090 for more information.