Hospital to welcome Costa Coffee

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A COSTA Coffee outlet and a shop will open at Dorset County Hospital – bringing in an estimated £1million over the coming years to invest in services.

Work will start during April on a 10-year partnership which will see a courtyard converted into a retail area.

The company behind the project say they will invest £550,000 on the work.

Dorset County Hospital, Director of Strategy and Business Development Nick Johnson, said: “We are really pleased to welcome Costa Coffee and the Amigo shop to our hospital and offer our visitors and staff more choice in food and drinks available on site. The extension will also provide much needed space for seating, where people will be able to relax and enjoy their refreshments.

“This will also generate significant income for the hospital which we will use to further enhance our patient services and facilities.”

Andrew Jones, MD Healthcare Retail, Compass Group UK & Ireland, said: “This partnership will see obvious enhancements to the hospital building and will offer improved retail services.

“We’re confident that this development will improve the experience for everyone visiting the hospital and we look forward to working with the team at Dorset over the years to come.”

The new Costa Coffee and Amigo shop will run alongside The Friends of Dorset County Hospital shop, which will be moving to a new location near South Wing Entrance 1.

The friends are keen to add to the current service they provide by opening their new shop at the weekends, selling hot drinks, sandwiches, snacks, newspapers, magazines, toiletries, stationery and stamps. They are keen to recruit more volunteers for weekends in the shop and for their trolley service.

Anyone who has a few hours to spare at the weekend and would like to help should contact Sharon Merritt on 01305 255896 or email friends@dchft.nhs.uk.

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