Newcastle Renal Unit wins Green Nephrology Award

The 2012 Award, presented at the Green Nephrology Summit yesterday, has gone to Newcastle Renal Unit for their "baling and recycling" project, modelled on one of the early case studies in Green Nephrology. The project has increased the amount of plastic and cardboard waste being recycled in the Trust by 90 tonnes, resulting in savings of more than £7,000/year and 46 tonnes CO2e in just a few months.

NHS Forest Conference- 18th October, Todmorden

CSH is delighted to announce that this year's NHS Forest Autumn Event is to be held on the 18th October at Todmorden Health Centre, Todmorden, West Yorkshire.

The day includes: The launch of the partnership between Incredible Edible Todmorden and Ambulance Services, a "creating a healthy route through the NHS Forest" workshop, an awards ceremony hosted by Pam Warhurst, (Chair of the Forestry Commission), and a guided walk to include the planting at Todmorden Healthcare Centre.

Would you like to supervise a student on a project?

Would you like to supervise one or a few students on a practical  or literature-based research project related to sustainability, climate and health/healthcare?  If so, Healthy Planet UK (www.healthyplanetuk.org) are hoping to put students in touch with potential supervisors for SSC projects, dissertations or extra-curricular projects.

£500 prize donated for Green Nephrology Award winner!

The winner of the 2012 Green Nephrology Awards (to be announced at next week's Summit) will receive a £500 prize to invest in green initiatives. The prize, donated by a supporter and topped up with match funding from the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, is to be awarded to the kidney unit submitting the best green project. 

Green Nephrology Awards - open to entries

Has your kidney unit successfully introduced a green change?  Help us to share and celebrate your achievements by entering the Green Nephrology Awards 2012, organised in partnership with NHS Kidney Care. Shortlisted entries will be exhibited in poster format at the Green Nephrology Summit on 26 September, and will be included in a themed issue of NHS Kidney Care’s e-newsletter, Kidney Care Matters.  Awards for outstanding entries will be presented at the Summit. Closing date: 10 September 2012.

OPPORTUNITY! Green link with quality improvement fellowships - advertising now

The previous Green Nephrology fellowships have shown that leading a move to sustainable healthcare is a great educational opportunity for an individual, as well as being an exciting project to be involved with. Clinical fellowship schemes around the country offer a chance to include sustainability in quality improvement - can you help?

Green Nephrology Summit 2012 - registrations open!

Registrations open today for the Green Nephrology Summit 2012!  The Summit will be held in London on 26 September 2012 and is an opportunity to meet up with Green Nephrology Local Representatives, share experience and help to set the direction for sustainable kidney care.  Green Nephrology Award entries are invited from local kidney units.

Recycling of concentrate bottles - summary

There has been discussion in the Green Nephrology Forum about recycling of bicarbonate containers on the dialysis unit. Many units are now recycling these, but others who would like to introduce recycling have been looking for reassurance with regard to health and safety. This blog summarises the available guidance on handling/disposal of the excess bicarbonate, and on infection control.

Dialysis heat exchangers - June update

The Green Nephrology Programme successfully bid for funding for the Heat Exchangers project from 10:10 in 2011. The objective is to save energy and carbon in kidney care by encouraging retrofitting of heat exchangers to dialysis machines in use nationwide - following the example of the Kent renal service.  As a result of our contact, a number of units are now developing the business case for investing in retrofitting their machines. 

Bike Week 16-24 June

June has arrived and this month's green theme is... cycling.  Bike Week 2012 is running from 16-24 June this year and it would be great if kidney units could take part. The aim is to encourage colleagues (maybe even some patients) to get on their bikes and remember how much they like cycling!

Donating Made Easy

Some of you have asked whether you can donate money to help our work. We have always accepted cheques, but The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH) has now signed up to Just Giving to make it easier for you to donate small amounts on a regular basis.

CSH is a very small charity, and funding for our core costs is entirely provided by donations and project-focused support. You can help us work to safeguard the future of health and healthcare by contributing to our funding. Please take 5 minutes to donate - any amount will help! Thank you.

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Green Nephrology case studies

Case studies in Green Nephrology are indexed from the Mapping Greener Healthcare site at this address. Projects to date range from waste reduction in haemodialysis to telephone and video clinics.

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
April, 2010

Eco-dialysis: the financial and ecological costs of dialysis waste products: is a ‘cradle-to-cradle’ model feasible for planet-friendly haemodialysis waste management?

Nephrol. Dial. Transplant. (2015) 30 (6): 1018-1027.

Approximately 2 million chronic haemodialysis patients produce over 2 000 000 tons of waste per year that includes about 600 000 tons of potentially hazardous waste.

Piccoli G. et al, NDT
March, 2015

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The Impact of Paper Procurement in the NHS.

The NHS has committed to reduce its carbon footprint but, aside from ensuring that legislative targets are reached, the benefits of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions are well documented. Yet the NHS faces increasing financial and service pressures; meaning that ‘green’ working is not always at the forefront of consideration. Many NHS organisations in England procure paper through the NHS Supply Chain Core Stationary list, which only contains paper produced from virgin (non-recycled) sources. As such, out of the 3.6 million reams of paper procured through NHS Supply Chain, only 29,000 were produced from recycled sources.

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