Iconic Durban Hospital Brings in Experts to Boost Food Delivery to Patients

With good nutrition being vital to a patient’s successful recovery and potential length of stay in hospital, the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal committed to upgrading their kitchens with state-of-the-art equipment. Vulcan Catering Equipment, a proud manufacturer and supplier of quality commercial and industrial catering equipment for over 60 years was appointed to advise, supply and train staff on the use of a complete ward meal delivery solution.

“Vulcan’s brief was to supply a HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) Standards compliant food distribution system, making certain that meals were held at correct temperatures, ensuring delivery of safe, nutritional meals to wards. With this in mind, we worked closely with the hospital to create a solution designed specifically for this purpose” says Preggie Govender of Vulcan Catering Equipment.

Vulcan sourced the revolutionary B-Pod docking system from Burlodge, an Ali Group Company, one of Vulcan’s world-leading international partners. The docking system, sporting a contemporary design supported by advanced technology and featuring intelligent engineering and ergonomic design, is regarded as one of the finest systems in the world.

The capabilities of the B-Pod’s integrated technology gives service staff the upper hand. While a built-in HACCP monitoring system ensures excellent food quality and safety, the B-Pod is also equipped with networking options through a LAN or Wi-Fi connection. This means operators can interact with their fleet of equipment in real time, using a centralised PC. On the B-Pod itself, the LCD Control Centre affords staff effortless fingertip functionality by way of three cycle touch pads: a countdown timer with hot and cold temperatures, an audible alarm and an automatic cycle timer with seasonal changes.

Constructed from 304 stainless steel, the Base Station’s front and back decorative panels are made of anti-static high impact thermoplastic. A high velocity motor drives the unique vertical thermo-convection forced air ventilation system to ensure consistent and even heating and cooling within the B-Pod. The Pod features 304 stainless steel, carbon fiber and aluminum construction as well as high density insulation enclosed in the panels and doors to optimise temperature retention.

It should be noted that convection heat allows for a greater variety of menu items, as this style of heat works with foods like breaded products, bone-in meats and can even regenerate beverages.

The B-Pod’s unique manipulation-free nesting system allows the Pod to reside within the Base Station to effectively create a one-piece system. This approach eliminates the need for opening and closing of doors, as well as docking and inserting removable racks. With Base Stations mounted to the floor, and the ability to fit the Base Stations back-to-back, the B-Pod promotes a more efficient use of space for easier workflow.

Stanley Naidoo, the hospital’s financial manager says, “We now have one of the top systems in the world. The trolleys are amazing and they are highly adaptable to our application. To date we have not encountered any setbacks and our service delivery has improved immensely.”

With nutritious food essential for recovery, patients at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital now benefit from Vulcan’s world-class delivery system.

“Vulcan has provided excellent after-sales service, which has helped form a good business relationship,” concludes Naidoo.

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