Patients, staff and visitors at Tameside Hospital will soon be able to benefit from the sale of fresh, locally grown produce thanks to a unique partnership with the local Council. For the first time market traders are being invited to set up stall outside the main hospital entrance to supply home grown fruit, vegetables, bread, cheeses and preserves, and other healthy produce in a trial that will run over the summer months.
The idea is to provide a service that encourages people to eat better while supporting their local producers. And the organisers say where better than Tameside - where there has been a market for over 700 years - to pioneer the idea.
Tameside Council Deputy Executive Leader Cllr John Taylor, who is responsible for markets, said: “We’ve been delighted to work with the hospital on this fantastic project which promotes health and wellbeing while also supporting local traders – both issues that are important to us.”
Karen James, Chief Executive at Tameside Hospital believes the NHS has a responsibility to improve the health and well being of the people it serves, both staff and patients alike. “We all have a greater understanding of the important role fresh and nutritious food can play in our health, and I believe we have a duty of care at Tameside Hospital to offer every opportunity to contribute to the long term development of healthy eating habits. This partnership with Tameside Council will help us do that”, she explains.
The Civic Mayor of Tameside, Councillor Vincent Ricci and the Lady Mayoress, Mrs Julie Ricci will attend the photocall.
For more information please contact Jonathan Mason, Senior Communications Officer, Tameside Hospital on 0161 922 4080 or Steven Hadfield, Market Officer at Tameside Council on 0161 342 5389 or mobile 07790882739.
Notes to Editors
Tameside Hospital serves a community of 250,000 people across Tameside and Glossop. As a busy Foundation Trust Hospital we provide a range of high quality elective, emergency and specialist services for adults and children. Our mission is to work with colleagues, patients, carers and the wider public to ensure that at our Hospital, Everybody Matters. Safety, Care, Respect, Communication and Learning are values and behaviours, which underpin our actions and guide us through our improvement journey