comissioning a new green hospital

Tim Martin's picture

Imagine your NHS trsut had been given the go ahead to spend £350 million on a new hospital. Where could you go to learn the best practice for this hospital. Are there hospitals anywhere in the world that are carbon zero?

Appreciate any thoughts

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Barts is a pretty good case example

Kathleen Leedham-Green's picture

Barts is a pretty good case example. They are also building a new hospital wing out at Whipps Cross - the sustainability plans there might be worth viewing.

https://www.bartshealth.nhs.uk/sustainability

This is a handy infographic that shows all the measures they put in place to reduce its carbon footprint (or rather triple bottom line).

https://www.bartshealth.nhs.uk/download.cfm?doc=docm93jijm4n662.pdf&ver=929 

Not carbon neutral, but they're taking their targets seriously and aiming for 80% reduction by 2050. Impressive inclusion of primary prevention as a strategy.

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a future carbon zero hospital

Tim Martin's picture

Dear everyone, thanks for your comments and the links.  The 80% reduction of CO2 emissions  by 2050 target isnt in line with the IPCC targets, especially given how much of our CO2 we've exported overseas. Not sure if this is counted in the figures used . Does anyone know?

 

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True - I can't see how they

Kathleen Leedham-Green's picture

True - I can't see how they have calculated their absolute value for their carbon footprint. IMHO the only way to approach carbon neutrality is not a hospital-based model, instead a massive investment in preventative and recovery-based primary care delivered via a network of relatively low-tech local clinics. Not helped by electioneering promises to build new hospitals and order new scanners.

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Savings and sustainability

Prema Taylor's picture
See my petition to reduce waste and save funds and sign and share if agreed http://chng.it/PDLCHdQM
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Drug wastage

Julie Hotchkiss's picture

I couldn't agree more, even things such as dressings, which are still in intact packaging, are disposed of, and these can be very expensive, apart from the sheer waste of resources.

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Reply to Julie Hotchkiss

Prema Taylor's picture
Support for my petition has been slow but hopefully will continue to come in and we can encourage changes in behaviour to reduce waste. You can see my letter to the Health Secretary on Face Book if anyone is interested.
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Which Facebook page/account?

Julie Hotchkiss's picture

Which Facebook page/account?

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Face Book post

Prema Taylor's picture
My own account but posted on a public platform. However if you look at the updates section of the petition itself it has been posted there as well.
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