A new fruit and veg stall has launched this week outside the main entrance of Glenfield Hospital as part of a plan to promote healthier eating for staff, patients and visitors.

Leicester’s Hospitals has teamed up with local greengrocer, PB Fruit and Veg to encourage people to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables in the support of healthier lifestyles. 

Owner of PB Fruit and Veg, Penny Benedict currently operates a stall at a garden centre in Leicestershire, as well as another hospital in the East Midlands, and has been in the business for 16 years.

Penny’s stall will give staff the opportunity to purchase good quality fruit and veg on their way to work or on their way home, as well as those visiting patients in hospital.

Brian Young, who is working with the Estates and Facilities team in Retail Catering at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “The fruit and veg stall was an idea that was raised by staff and then developed through our Health and Wellbeing group. 

“Making fresh fruit and vegetables easily available at the hospitals will actively encourage staff, patients and visitors to eat healthier in line with the current NHS healthy eating guidelines, which is part of the Trust’s overall Health and Wellbeing strategy.

“Following a successful pilot scheme at Glenfield Hospital, we hope to eventually have a stall at the Royal Infirmary and the General, especially proving how popular the stall has been so far at Glenfield Hospital.”

Penny Benedict of PB Fruit and Veg said: “I’m really excited to be given the opportunity to work with Leicester’s Hospitals. So far the stall has gone down really well with patients, visitors and staff and most things were sold out on the first day!”

The stall will be open from 7.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday outside the main entrance at Glenfield Hospital.