Nottinghamshire Healthcare, the county's leading integrated healthcare provider, is again supporting ‘NHS Sustainability Day' which takes place today, 26 March 2015.
A range of events and activities are taking place across the Trust as part of the national day, which aims to raise awareness of improving the environmental performance of the NHS. The Trust is also using the day as an opportunity to celebrate sustainable initiatives introduced over the past year and to provide information about how staff, service users and partners can get more involved.
At Duncan Macmillan House in Nottingham, free bike maintenance sessions are available with Dr Bike (provided by sustainable travel charity Sustrans) and information about other sustainable travel alternatives. At Stapleford Care Centre, staff are on hand to offer advice on waste segregation and water conservation and at the Millbrook Mental Health Unit the Trust's Hotel Services are providing information about their sustainable food standards, with Fairtrade and fresh, locally sourced food available to sample.
In addition, at The Wells Road Centre in Nottingham staff are helping to plant trees, in support of the 2@2 campaign run by NHS Forest, and record what species are present. At Rampton Hospital in Retford, staff have the opportunity to take part in an energy bike challenge and learn more about the new Energy Centre, which will dramatically reduce the Trust's carbon emissions.
The new Energy Centre will feature both a combined heat and power unit and a biomass boiler, which should make a major contribution to the Trust meeting the Department of Health's target of a 34% reduction in building energy use by 2020 five years ahead of target, a truly outstanding achievement.
Simon Smith, Executive Director of Local Services and Sustainability Lead for the Trust, said:
“We are delighted to be participating in NHS Sustainability Day for the fourth year running. This important day provides a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of sustainability, to celebrate the exceptional work already achieved and to share best practice.
“We all have an impact on the environment and by making small adjustments in the way we do things, such as how we travel, we can reduce this impact and, collectively, make a difference. We hope the day will enable people to find out more about how we are delivering greener, sustainable and environmentally friendly services now and in the future.”
For more information contact the Energy and Environmental Team on 0115 993 4530.