Becoming a jolly good Fellow...

From November 2010, I will take over from Andy Connor as the next Green Nephrology Fellow, I am both excited by the tremendous developments that have occurred in little over a year and slightly daunted at the prospect of taking on the mantle of "Fellow".

Can you bear the waste?

Children from Hippo and Victoria wards at Great Ormond Street Hospital have created an almost life-size polar bear from discarded haemodialysis packaging with the help of artist Darcy Turner. The project coincides with other initiatives across the UK, as renal departments challenge medical equipment manufacturers to reduce waste and increase recycling opportunities.

Green Nephrology Summit - "the greatest untapped resource in healthcare is the patient"

The conversation in green nephrology has changed. Though water reclamation, recycling and energy saving are still important, a fly on the wall at last week’s Green Nephrology Summit would have heard just as much about “telephone clinics”, “RenalPatientView*”, “patient self-care”, “shared decision-making”…

Carbon footprint of a renal service points finger at drugs and equipment

A carbon footprint study of a UK renal service, undertaken by Green Nephrology Fellow, Dr Andy Connor, and published in the Quarterly Journal of Medicinethis month, confirms the importance of tackling supply chain emissions, revealing that the procurement of goods and services accounts for 72% of the carbon impact of kidney care. Within procurement, the majority of emissions are attributable to pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and waste services. 

Green Nephrology appeal

Donations are urgently needed to save the world’s first sustainable clinical specialty programme!  Green Nephrology has been a fantastic success this year - but unless funds can be found, the programme will have to close down in September 2010.

Green Nephrology at the BRS RA

The Green Nephrology team had a busy week at the joint Renal Association and British Renal Society meeting last week, culminating in what was (probably) the first session devoted entirely to sustainability at a national meeting of any medical specialty.

Let's Talk Paper!

Have you ever thought about how much paper we dispose of on a daily basis whilst at work? No, well you should. The other day I was putting a patient on dialysis...

Green Nephrology Fellow in post!

The Campaign for Greener Healthcare is delighted to welcome Dr Andrew Connor to his new post as "Green Nephrology Fellow".  Over the next year, Andrew will be exploring the environmental impacts of kidney care and working with NHS staff and patients to improve practice in kidney units.

Green Nephrology Summit

On 25th February the Campaign for Greener Healthcare hosted the first Green Nephrology Summit.  Sponsored by Baxter Healthcare the event provided a forum to share experience and discuss ideas on how to transform the renal clinical pathway.

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Staff recycling questionnaire

This questionnaire, developed by dialysis nurse Mary Thomson in Fife, has been used to raise awareness and gather staff views on recycling at home and at work. You are welcome to borrow and adapt it for your workplace.

Mary Thomson, Queen Margaret Hospital, Fife
March, 2009

EDTNA/ERCA Handbook: Environmental Guidelines for Dialysis

The EDTNA/ERCA and Fresenius Medical Care have produced this Handbook for going green in dialysis. "Fifteen experts from 10 different countries have created the Guidelines over the past year. They contain all the state of the art knowledge to reduce the environmental burden of dialysis.

EDTNA / ERCA & Fresenius Medical Care
October, 2011

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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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