45 turkeys and 800lbs of spuds

HUNDREDS of roast potatoes and the equivalent of 45 turkeys will be served up to hospital patients this Christmas Day.

Between The Conquest Hospital here in St Leonards and its sister site in nearby Eastbourne, those unlucky enough to be bed-bound on December 25 will scoff more than 550lbs of turkey.

The catering team at East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs both sites, will have to prepare more than 1,500 meals.

Getting started at 6am on Christmas morning, the cooks will roast nearly 50 birds, 400lbs of roast spuds and 800lbs of vegetables.

And to make sure the sweet-toothed patients enjoy their festive season, the catering team will also cook 250lbs of Christmas pudding and bake more than 1,000 mince pies.

More than 100 meals will also be prepared for the Rotary Club’s Alone at Christmas scheme to be taken out into the community for people who are on their own on the special day.

Michelle Clements, catering manager, said: “We take great pride in making sure all our patients enjoy their Christmas lunch. With such a massive quantity to cater for, everything has to be extremely well organised in advance.”