About us


Sustainability is defined as meeting the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Climate change, as a result of man-made emissions, is real and continues to have a significant impact on most parts of our country.

Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust employs 4,500 staff and serves a local population of some 339,000. We recognise the environmental impacts of providing healthcare services to our patients 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year, which include heating and lighting buildings, operating medical equipment, staff journeys, deliveries and waste services.

The costs of providing our patients with healthcare services in 2011/12 amounted to c£57million and created an environmental impact or carbon footprint of 39,300 tonnes of CO2.

The Trust is committed to reducing carbon emissions from our activities by 10% over 5 years in line with the UK Climate Change Act 2008. A Sustainable Development Management Plan (SDMP) is in place, and £1.6 million of Department of Health (DoH) capital funding has enable us to implement a number of projects estimated to achieve annual carbon saving of around 2.3k tonnes of CO2, and cost savings of £604k. The Trust also implements an up to date Green Travel Plan to reduce car use amongst its staff, patients and visitors.

in 2014 we added 2 electric car charging points for staff, and our salary sacrifice car scheme promotes low emmision and electric vehicles.

Did you know? The NHS is one of the world's largest organisations accounting for 3% of the UK's total emissions and 5% of all UK road travel.


Events for 2015

900 Bluebells planted in February

Children from Earls Hall Juniors and Ladybird Nursery helped our Trust gardener plant 900 Bluebells at the front of the site to create a sea of blue each spring. (picture above)

Honda motorbike roadshow

Tuesday May 19. Education Centre car park. 10:00 - 14:00

Cycle Scheme order window

  1. Summer window - 1st to 28th June
  2. F1 new doctors window - 1st to 28th August
  3. Autumn/Winter window - 1st to 28th October

More details about the cycle scheme