The unbranded stores will be manned by the hospitals’ restaurant staff
Existing equipment within the hospitals has been used to display products
Costcutter has teamed with foodservice giant Compass to open temporary pop-up shops in 20 hospitals in England, to provide NHS workers battling the coronavirus outbreak with everyday essentials.
The range in the unbranded stores, which will be manned by the hospitals’ restaurant staff, includes staples such as bread and milk, as well as ready meals and the ingredients to prepare basic meals, confectionery and household items such as toilet roll and soap.
Health and safety control measures recommended by Public Health England are in place throughout the stores, which mainly make use of existing equipment within the hospitals for the display of products.
“At this time of unprecedented demand on NHS staff, it is vital that they have easy access to everyday essentials,” said Andrew Jones, Compass Group UK & Ireland MD of healthcare retail. “By putting in place these pop-up stores, we can take away a small amount of the pressure they are feeling at this challenging time.”
Bill Randles, head of national retail accounts at Costcutter Supermarkets Group, added: “With a number of retail units forced to close due to the Covid-19 crisis, it is vitally important that the NHS staff at these hospitals can easily get hold of core grocery and household products that they need.
“That’s why we have worked hard to open these stores in record time and while the range of products that we are offering in these stores is limited by the facilities, we are confident that NHS key workers will find these everyday essentials helpful.”
Hospitals with Compass/Costcutter pop-up stores are:
Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham
St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester
Worthing Hospital, Worthing
National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, London
Barnet Hospital, London
Ealing Hospital, Middlesex
Northwick Park Hospital, London
Peterborough City Hospital, Cambridgeshire
St Helens Hospital, Merseyside
Whiston Hospital, Prescot, Merseyside
King’s Mill Hospital, Nottinghamshire
North Middlesex Hospital, London
Southend Hospital, Essex
Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds
Bradford Royal Infirmary, Bradford
Newcastle Royal Infirmary, Newcastle
King’s College Hospital, London
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Huddersfield
Royal Surrey County Hospital, Surrey