Wye Valley NHS Trust is committed to reducing the impact on the environment from its activities where ever possible whilst at the same time improving the quality of care to its patients and service users and their carers.
The Wye Go Green campaign continues. Energy audits around the Trust highlight good practice and ideas on saving energy. We are also monitoring and managing the Environment Agency Carbon Reduction Commitment. The Trust has a trajectory carbon reduction commitment value of approximately £125,000 per annum.
In April this year, the Trust completed a £56k project to replace all lighting at Leominster Community Hospital with LEDs. This work has already produced a noticeable reduction in the overall energy consumption for the site. The Trust is currently applying for funding to expand this project into the County Hospital and two more Community Hospitals.
The Trust continues to use the Welsh Water logging equipment, which is leased, on the water meters in the main Trust sites. This allows water consumption to be reviewed and has already been useful in highlight problems before they become a major drain on resources.
In partnership with Sodexo the Trust is investigating methods to improve the sorting and segregation of waste which is more environmentally friendly and more cost-effective. The Trust’s community sites have been using these waste streams for several years reducing waste going to landfill and are increasing recycling through partnerships with the Council and Hereford Waste Paper.
In partnership with Herefordshire Council, the Trust runs quarterly events to promote sustainable transport. These range from a Dr Bike Event, where staff can have a free bike check and service, through to alternative transport arrangements. Measures to increase bike use in particular have been so successful the Trust has needed to purchase additional bike racks and is currently working with the Council to purchase additional bike sheds.