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Eco odes help Southend University Hospital win green award

26 April 2013


‘Yo yo yo we’re recylin’ our bags ‘We’re all driving ecos ‘cos we’ve traded our jags.’

Eco rapper Kevin Oakley, deputy haematology manager at Southend University Hospital, was one of the environmentally-friendly staff who entered a poetry competition to mark the hospital's recent Sustainability Week.

The competition, combined with the Trust's Big Switch Off and other initiatives, helped Southend win this year's NHS Sustainability Day award for best energy reduction initiative, sponsored by 5th Energy.

Kevin was pipped at the post by winning bard Josephine More, PA to the associate director of nursing, who extolled the virtues of separating rubbish into the appropriate bin, while pedalling physiotherapist Michael Linnett put his daily cycling commute to rhyme.

The week also included the hospital's Great Spring Switch Off when staff were urged to turn off computers, lights and other non-essential equipment, resulting in a 700 kWh reduction in energy use.

Southend's initiative is now being featured on the NHS Sustainability Day website to inspire other trusts to go greener.

Judges said: "It is fantastic that Southend University Hospital is placing sustainability high on its agenda."

Caroline Hang Hong from Southend's sustainability team, said: "The big switch off was a great success. If we maintained that saving every day for a year, we would save around 140 tonnes in CO2 emissions as well as seeing a marked drop in our energy bill.

"We also had great fun reading all the varied and wonderful entries in our eco rhyme competition. Staff are not only energy aware but also have a way with words."


With pic; Winning poet Josephine More