Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has spent £2m on sourcing local produce for patient meals, a sustainable food charity has said.
The Soil Association said it has been working with the trust - which serves 8,000 meals a day - to improve its food offering through its Food For Life programme.
The news comes after the government announced a review into hospital food as a result of the recent listeria outbreak, after six hospital patients died from eating pre-packaged sandwiches and salads.
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Policy officer Rob Percival said: "We’ve worked with Nottingham University Hospitals, they’re serving around 8,000 meals a day and in the course of a year working with us they channelled £2m spend into local ingredients, so 80% of their ingredients were sourced locally, creating jobs.
"These ingredients were of higher quality, 15% of them were organic.
"And they were freshly preparing their meals and doing it on site without exceeding the average spend on hospital meals across the NHS."