Honeycomb Dental Clinic is an independent general dental practice in Winscombe, Somerset with a strong environmentally sustainable ethos. The setting is a detached house with 5 surgeries, 1 staff room, 1 decontamination room and a large office/ front-desk/ patients’ lounge area.
This collection of papers from the British Dental Journalexplores how dentistry can be carried out more sustainably and covers topics including procurement, climate change, waste disposal, energy use and biodiversity.
The National Union of Students (NUS)' Green Impact is an UNESCO-recognised sustainability programme which has recently been adapted for dental practices in partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare.
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This conference is worth 5hrs and 20min CPD accreditation.
The healthcare sector has a considerable impact on the environment. It has been estimated that the greenhouse gas emissions caused by the NHS are 2.8 million tonnes of CO2e per year. Moreover, the provision of healthcare contributes to air and water pollution.
To reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 in line with UK government targets, every organisation and specialty will have to play its part.
This study used an audit approach to explore the potential for sustainability in dental practice by measuring the nature and quantity of dental clinical waste, and assessing the feasibility of measuring the financial costs and potential carbon savings in the management of dental clinical waste.