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.
This study audited the introduction of recycling of paper and cardboard within an operating theatre. All waste within a single operating theatre was collected by a dedicated team for 20 surgical cases.
I am an anaesthetist and recently visited the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare while on sabbatical. Thank you to Rachel and Frances for meeting with me. I have attached a copy of a behaviour change project i am undertaking in my anaesthetic department.
Matthew Jenks and OraTaiao (New Zealand Climate and Health Council)
In Sustainability in Ophthalmology the Royal College of Ophthalmologists calls for leadership from the profession and the healthcare industry to develop best practice and integrate these into our service redesign. This is a position paper from the College, designed for Ophthalmologists, alli
The Oxford University Hospitals Trust has reduced the amount of waste going to landfill or incineration by introducing recycling into the operating theatre setting. Previously all waste from clinical areas was disposed of via orange clinical waste bags.