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Cafeteria service has changed fundamentally in hospitals. The elimination of salad bars and cook to order stations has become commonplace. In light of this a transition to a more robust grab-and-go experience has taken center stage. As grab-and-go becomes responsible for more and more of the operational income, these changes have helped many hospital cafeterias continue to provide excellent service.
In order to properly follow social distancing guidelines the traditional model of hospital cafeteria service has had to evolve like never before. In many cases the dining area has been removed along with salad bars and cook-to-order stations. Fortunately, you may already the key to overcoming these challenges.
Grab-and-go meals have been used in many hospital cafeterias, but with changes to safety protocols this method of food service has risen to a whole new level. Additional precautions have included Plexiglas dividers for cashier counters, and signage to remind customers about proper distancing.
Cleaning and sanitizing protocols for hospital cafeterias are more stringent now than ever. Increased cleaning frequencies and a renewed attention to limiting points of contact have become major focal points. For many hospitals a switch to disposable trays and containers have helped, while others have chosen to focus more on cleaning more frequently.
For both approaches the benefits and challenges will vary. When deciding which approach is best for your cafeteria, these items can help you prepare for your plan.
A well planned menu has helped many in the healthcare food service industry to adjust to changes brought about by COVID-19. For some this has manifested in small to medium batch processes that will allow for quick prep,production, and presentation of menu items. By breaking down individual sections of your kitchen into areas that can be dedicated to individually packaging food, or for grilling sandwiches, you can regain efficiencies lost from having to add new safety processes.
If you have another unforeseen area of your business directly affected by the coronavirus, feel free to reach out to an on-call healthcare expert - we are here to help. We also encourage those with questions to please email our award-winning customer support team for assistance.
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