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Great Ormond Street Hospital – Utensil Wash Up

Date added: 01/05/17

Great Ormond Street Hospital – Utensil Wash Up Project

Willis Jenkins recently completed works within Great Ormond Street Hospital, London. The famous children’s hospital was looking for a new pot washing solution within its main production kitchen. The existing water only, utensil washing machine was not practical for the sheer volume of GN containers and large pots in use and was breaking down regularly. Expensive repairs meant it needed replacing urgently.

Head of Catering Simon Clark had specified a Granuldisk Maxi machine that uses pellets in conjunction with traditional water and chemical. Simon got in touch with a number of equipment suppliers for quotes on how to best resolve the issues they were having and the enabling works required new waste, electrics and fabrication modifications for the new Granuldisk machine to be installed. It was apparent that everyone had not quoted for the same works or equipment required, with enabling works missing or additional items, drain pumps and water softeners added although not necessary. Willis Jenkins provided a more detailed quote specifically for what the facility required, much to the delight of the hospital, Simon Clark and Keith Norris, Head of Facilities and Sustainability.

As well as this the team specified a new Meiko FV40.2G GiO, under-counter machine for small utensils including a five year `no bills’ warranty package, to cover filter changes, annual PPM visit, call out, parts and labour and operator misuse. The project took place from the 20th-21st February 2017 to minimise disruption to the hospital’s service, which was a difficult task due to the logistics of delivering the new Granuldisk unit.

Fast forward to now and the catering team are extremely happy with their new equipment, stating that it is a vast improvement and is even returning some of the old gastronorm containers back to their original state. Staff are finding it much easier to operate and productivity has risen all round, which tells us the new equipment was perfectly specified for this project.

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