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