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Award for volunteer-run shop at region’s royal infirmary

The League of Friends Shop at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary has attained the Healthcare Retail Standard awarded by the Scottish Grocers Federation.

The Scottish Government and NHS Health Scotland is committed to making our health service health promoting through all the services it provides; this includes food and drink that staff, patients and visitors buy from outlets across the NHS.

The Healthcare Retail Standard is a set of criteria developed for retail outlets in healthcare settings across Scotland.

The standard requires at least 50 per cent of food products, and 70 per cent of soft drink products stocked to be of specific nutritional value whilst limiting less healthy options being actively promoted in store.

Adeline Hill, Manager, League of Friends NHS Dumfries and Galloway said: “We are delighted to provide a valuable service for patients, staff and visitors and we are committed to ensuring we can offer a range healthy food and drink options. The shop volunteers have worked tremendously hard to attain the Health Retail Standard.”

David Bryson, General Manager Facilities and Clinical Support Services, NHS Dumfries and Galloway said it was important that NHS Dumfries and Galloway was a responsible retailer and the League of Friends supported this aim by promoting greater choices for healthy food and drink options in the shop at DGRI.

“Their ongoing efforts are very much appreciated,” he added.

Pictured: David Bryson, General Manager Facilities and Clinical Support Services, NHS Dumfries and Galloway; Adeline Hill, League of Friends chair and shop convener; Isobel Ross, League of Friends volunteer; Kathy Morley, League of Friends volunteer and vice-chair; Lilian Pearson, League of Friends volunteer.