An Indian restaurant has started a weekly food drop to NHS staff combating Covid-19 at Belfast City Hospital.
The first delivery of 35 meals from the Bengal Brasserie was made by owner Luthfur Ahmed this week.
The restaurant said it will make a weekly delivery to thank medics at the critical care facility for as long as the pandemic lasts.
Mr Ahmed said: “Many of the staff are our customers and this is our way of showing our respect and deep appreciation for the tremendous work they are doing to save lives.
“Without dedicated NHS staff, we would be much the poorer.
“They are tireless and dedicated and deserve our heartfelt thanks and gratitude.
“We will do a food drop every week for as long as it takes to get back to normal.”
The giant takeaway included chicken korma, chicken tikka masala, chicken madras, lamb palok, kora-li, vegetable bhuna, pilau and boiled rice, and naan bread.
The City Hospital’s tower block has been set aside for Covid-19 patients.
It has become a 230-bed critical care facility as part of a major transformation of the health service in Northern Ireland to gear up for the crisis.
Some of the most experienced doctors and nurses from across the country were redeployed there.
Patients who do not have the virus were moved.
The Bengal Brasserie is based on the Ormeau Road in the south of the city.
Every year it organises a free Christmas dinner for the less fortunate.
The restaurant is among thousands that have had to end dining in due to social distancing measures designed to hamper the spread of the virus.
It is instead offering a takeaway service in which the completed order is taken out to the car, as well as a delivery option to customers’ front doors.