Larbert hospital's M&S will offer even more fresh food for NHS staff

Marks and Spencer is expanding the range of goods in its shop at Forth Valley Royal Hospital so it can offer even more choice to hardworking NHS staff.

By James Trimble
Friday, 3rd April 2020, 12:40 pm
Updated Friday, 3rd April 2020, 12:41 pm

M&S has 46 hospital stores, including FVRH, and it states the products available will be evolving to suit the needs of NHS workers on the frontline.

The firm has increased the size of daily deliveries to ensure core basics – including milk, bread and eggs – are available and stock is replenished throughout the day.

Following feedback from NHS workers, M&S has also increased the range within hospital stores so staff can pick up their favourite M&S food to eat during their shift and to take home.

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Marks and Spencer will be expanding the range of food it offers at its shop in Forth Valley Royal Hospital

Specific changes within M&S store in FVRH include stocking more personal care items such as toothpaste, toilet roll and sanitary items.

The food range has also been substantially expanded to include meat and fish, with staples like salmon, chicken and mince introduced, along with fresh produce.

A wider range of prepared meals is also available, the majority of which can be frozen, so NHS workers can now stock-up on M&S favourites like Chicken Tikka Masala, Macaroni Cheese and Beef Lasagne.

M&S will also continue to provide breakfast and lunchtime options, along with hot drinks.

Shona Lawrie, head of region for M&S Scotland, said: “We are fully committed to supporting our fantastic NHS workers to ensure they have access to essential food and supplies while caring for our communities.

“We’ve had incredibly positive feedback from M&S hospital stores to date, highlighting they are well stocked, and our colleagues continue to go above and beyond to help in these challenging times.

“We will be constantly monitoring stock and demand in each store to ensure they are fully prepared to support our frontline workers.”

Extra special measures have been implemented to help keep customers and colleagues well, in support of the government’s efforts to protect the NHS and save lives, including additional social distancing measures for colleagues.

To help make sure everyone can shop for the food they need, M&S have reserved the first hour of trading across its foodhalls for older and vulnerable customers, and for NHS and emergency workers, along with social and health care workers.