2012

Montefiore Hospital hires top chef

The Montefiore Hospital has hired an award winning chef, Mark Hancock, to head up the catering department.

The hospital, aims to offer restaurant standard cuisine to its patients and staff.  Mark Hancock has a wide experience of different catering establishments including exclusive West End restaurants.  His previous post was Executive Chef at the University of Sussex where he won the Craft Guild of Chefs cross sector ‘Chef of the year 2012’ award.

Mark is keen to take advantage of the wealth of high quality local produce, particularly fish, fruit and vegetables.  Mark said: “I want to work as much as possible with suppliers from the local community to engage with the local community to produce sustainable menu options.”

James Dempster, the Commercial Manager at The Montefiore Hospital, said:  “We are making every effort to ensure our patients are as comfortable as possible.  With our theatre-style open kitchen and a sushi-bar, food plays a key role in the hospital. The appointment of Mark completes the picture.”

For Mark it is a whole new challenge: ‘’ I am looking forward to creating dishes for a totally new audience. I believe that good food is essential to health and wellbeing and I will be helping people get better, while doing what I love most.”

The Montefiore Hospital is located on Montefiore Road in Hove. It is scheduled to open on October 29. It is part of the Spire Healthcare Group of hospitals. For further information please visit spirehealthcare.com/montefiore.



2012

Montefiore Hospital Takes Delivery of £1 million MRI Scanner

Over £1 million of technology that will be used to diagnose medical problems was delivered to The Montefiore Hospital yesterday (18/9).

The two machines, an MRI scanner worth £1 million and a CT scanner, are among the most sophisticated models available.  Manufactured in Germany they spent the last three days travelling by road to the UK.  With the CT scanner weighing two tonnes and the MRI coming in at five tonnes, a crane was essential to lift them into the building on Montefiore Road.

Jo Bond, the Diagnostics Manager at The Montefiore Hospital, was on site during the delivery of the scanners.  She said: “This is a very exciting part of the development of the hospital as these two pieces of equipment will mean that we will have superb facilities for diagnoses.

“MRI and CT scanners have become a crucial part of the patient’s care because they provide accurate and sophisticated information enabling the doctors to have a better understanding of the whole picture.  This means that they can offer the most appropriate treatment for the patient’s problem.

“We aim to deliver an exemplary level of patient care at our hospital and the Diagnostic Suite will play a key role in this. There will be no need for our patients to have to wait for an appointment or go to a different venue for their scans – everything will be done on site.  Once the scans have been carried out, they will be able to see their consultant to discuss the next steps – be it treatment or reassurance that there is nothing seriously wrong.”

The Montefiore Hospital is located on Montefiore Road in Hove.  It is scheduled to open on October 29.  It is part of the Spire Healthcare Group of hospitals. For further information please visit spirehealthcare.com/montefiore.