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Health Staff Leading the Way on Ecosmart Initiative

June 05, 2011 12:01 PM

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Staff from Glasgow Royal Infirmary are leading the way for Glasgow and Clyde hospitals in a national ‘Ecosmart’ initiative - the Green Code.

The Green Code scheme piloted at the GRI has proved so successful it is being rolled out to other hospital sites across Greater Glasgow and Clyde including the New Stobhill and New Victoria Hospitals, Victoria Infirmary, Stobhill Hospital, Gartnavel General, Royal Alexandra, Southern General and Inverclyde Hospitals.

The Green Code scheme is a dynamic national initiative which involves staff being responsible for enforcing a set of sustainabilty standards that ensure a healthy working environment for staff and patients. The scheme also encourages patients and visitors to dispose of any waste they generate on our hospital sites appropriately.

This initiative allows locally based staff to take ownership of the Green Code implementation and drive it forward at all levels including:

• waste sorting;
• the introduction of battery recovery bins;
• chemical recycling;
• switiching of lights and PCs when not in use;
• spillages and waste being more efficiently dealt with thanks to an improved water filtration process.

The benefits for NHSGGC as organisation are:

• it makes eco-sense to re-cycle and dispose of waste in the most environmentally friendly way possible;
• helps the environment to reduce the NHS carbon footprint;
• the financial savings to the NHS by spending less on expensive landfill.

The GRI was chosen for the pilot because it is a major and complex acute hospital site representing all the environmental and sustainability challenges that are likely to be found on any NHS campus.

At the GRI the initiative resulted in laboratory emissions being cut, waste battery collection bins being introduced and a higher awareness of the importance of disposing of domestic, clinical and confidential waste appropriately which makes recycling more efficient and ultimately saves money on disposal costs.

Jane Grant, Chief Operating Officer, Acute Division, NHSGGC is delighted with the success of the Green Code pilot scheme.

She said: “We’re becoming “eco-smarter” and reducing the carbon footprint of NHSGGC as each month goes by.

“The Green Code scheme is one great example of how we are adding to our green credentials and covers every part of how a hospital functions.

“Credit must be given to the staff at the GRI for the part they played in the initiative by ensuring that confidential, domestic and clinical waste is put into the appropriate bags and by turning off lighting, PCs, printers and photo-copiers when they are not in use.

“Environmentally we are in a far, far better place than we have ever been before.”

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For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected] .

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