Trust continues to improve its carbon footprint
29 December 2015
Since being awarded a £1.5m grant in 2013 from the NHS Energy Efficiency Fund, Southend University Hospital continues to improve its carbon footprint.
The award helped fund many schemes including: water efficient
shower facilities; recycling of wastewater from kidney dialysis
machines; personal computer automatic shutdown; insulation of roof
and energy efficient heat air curtains.
As well as these technical schemes, the Green Team at the trust
are also launching a 2016 eco-efficiency calendar which suggests
ways we can all make small changes in our daily working lives to
minimise the impact we have on the environment.
Manoj Chohan, energy manager, said: "We recognise though that
the behaviours of staff, patients and visitors, all are equally as
important as technical schemes so we have produced a 2016
eco-calendar to encourage the responsible use of precious resources
and carbon both at the hospital and at home."
Tips have been supplied by different working areas of the
hospital including pharmacy, IT and the post room as well as from
the green team themselves. Tips include:
- April- We get through 28 million paper hand towels a year, so
use them sparingly and always dispose of them responsibly in the
waste bins provided
- July- Switch off any lights that aren't in use. Don't forget to
also switch off printers, photocopiers, kettles, mobile phone
chargers and any non- essential, non-medical electrical
- August- We use over 13.5 million sheets of paper each year so
only print or photocopy what you need and don't forget to set the
printer to double sided
- November- If you feel hot in winter, turn your radiator off
before opening a window
Appearing in the calendar is Caroline Hang Hong, travel plan
coordinator. She said: "No one likes to see waste, especially in
this current climate. We hope that the calendar will make staff
stop and think about how they use their time and resources so that
sustainable practice becomes the norm."