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Elior wins Walsall contract

Walsall Manor Hospital, which is currently undergoing a £162m redevelopment, has awarded its new £30m, 15-year catering contract to Elior. The company’s Avenance Healthcare division will operate the staff, visitor, hospitality and vending services as part of what is now its biggest NHS contract.

More than 3,000 staff are already employed at the hospital and patient numbers exceed 200,000 for outpatients and 60,000 on the wards each year. These figures are expected to grow by 10% to 15% following the redevelopment of the site. The expanded facilities will include operating theatres, outpatient services, daycare and training for health professionals.

[quote top=Catherine Roe, managing director of contracts for Elior UK, said:]This was a fiercely contested catering contract. The Walsall redevelopment will transform the hospital into a prestigious, state-of-the-art healthcare centre and the catering had to rise to the occasion.

We are delighted to have been chosen and see this as an endorsement of the quality we strive to deliver for all our clients.[/quote]

The contract follows Elior Avenance’s appointment to Mount Vernon Hospital Treatment Centre in Northwood, Middlesex, and Singleton Hospital in Swansea.