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About: Lincoln County Hospital

Attending A & E recently with a relative, I couldn't help but notice the provision of a Coca-Cola vending machine alongside another vending machine selling crisps and chocolate; the usual junk food snacks. In these times of a huge percentage of the population being obese or at best overweight, I am amazed that such junk food items are encouraged in hospital waiting areas of all places!

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Response from United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Dear Anonymous

In the past we have trialled a food vending machine that had snacks and healthy choices in such as fruit etc.. Due to the lack of use and the wastage, it was decided to have the machine taken out. There is limited space in the A&E to offer a full range of products. So it was decided from a food wastage point of view to have the best-selling options available in the department. During the day up to 7pm there are catering facilities on site that offer healthy choices along with a full range of other products. So in A&E the vending machines are there to offer waiting visitors some to have as a drink or light snack.

Regards

Wayne Mcintosh

Hotel Services and Catering Manager

Response from Lincoln County Hospital

Thank you for leaving your feedback; In the past we have trialled a food vending machine that had snacks and healthy choices in such as fruit etc. Due to the lack of use and the wastage, it was decided to have the machine taken out. There is limited space in the A&E to offer a full range of products. So it was decided from a food wastage point of view to have the best-selling options available in the department. During the day up to 7pm there are catering facilities on site that offer healthy choices along with a full range of other products. So in A&E the vending machines are there to offer waiting visitors some to have as a drink or light snack. Regards Wayne Mcintosh Hotel Services and Catering Manager

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