Sodexo is to provide catering services at two hospitals in Sussex after securing a new contract with the local NHS trust.
The facilities management giant has won a five-year deal with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, worth more than £15 million a year in turnover.
It will see the firm supply patient and staff catering services across two sites managed by the trust – the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and the
Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath – alongside a host of other services including housekeeping and cleaning, grounds maintenance, waste management and linen supply.
Sodexo, a major source of catering recruitment in the hospitality industry, has already provided facilities management services to the Princess Royal Hospital since 1996.
Simon Scrivens, the group's managing director, said: "We are delighted to have won this contract and are especially pleased to be building on our existing relationship with the trust.
"Today's announcement is testament to Sodexo's commitment to supporting the NHS with its twin challenges of improving quality and at the same time delivering operational efficiencies."
A number of the services being supplied by Sodexo had previously been outsourced to a number of different companies.
Bringing them all together under a single contract will allow the trust to attain better value for money on behalf of the tax payer as well improve the quality the services, said Chris Adcock, chief executive of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.
He added: "Sodexo has a proven track record in providing the services included in this contract to a very high standard including at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath."
The new contract, one of the largest of its kind that the NHS has awarded this year, will come into effect in December this year and will include an option to extend by two years at the end of the initial five-year agreement.
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