NHS Sustainability Day of Action 28th March 2012

28/03/12

On Wednesday 28th March NHS organisations across the South West will be taking part in the first annual NHS Sustainability Day, which aims to promote sustainable action in the NHS and across the health sector. 

Our Trust will be marking this day with information stands at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and Cheltenham General Hospital.

Stagecoach Bus will have a representative at both our hospitals to give staff and visitors information on bus routes and timetables and to answer any questions about Stagecoach bus services in the county.

The Environmental Team will also be there and would like to talk to everyone about recycling within the Trust and to explain how staff and visitors can help us be more sustainable.  We will have some sustainable freebies to give away to those who visit.

In addition to the support of local NHS organisations, Sustainability Day is being backed by well known figures such as Sir David Nicholson, Health Minister Simon Burns and actor and presenter Stephen Fry.

In a recent survey 92% of the public said they wanted the NHS to be more sustainable, so this day offers the public the opportunity to see that the NHS is taking sustainability seriously.  It is also a chance for the public and staff to understand that a lower carbon NHS is not only healthier for them but also improves the health of the environment.

Stands with information about sustainability will be in the Atrium at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and at the pillars entrance at Cheltenham General Hospital between 9:30am and 3:30pm tomorrow.

Dr David Pencheon, NHS SDU Director says:

“NHS Sustainability Day is a day of action and a rallying call to the NHS to embrace and consider all elements of delivering sustainable healthcare: care that improves health today but which doesn't jeopardise our ability to do it tomorrow.”