Community Hospitals go green

NHS Cumbria’s Community Hospitals in North Cumbria have been recognised for their eco-friendly credentials

 and Wednesday they were presented with a Gold Award at Penrith Community Hospital to prove it.

The hospitals were entered into the Cumbria Business Environment Awards by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Estates’ Team, who manage the buildings’ maintenance and energy needs.

This year Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust were given the highest honour for their work on environmental management, an example being reducing the amount of waste going to landfill by 15 per cent during 2009.

Laura Grierson is NHS Cumbria’s Head of Estates and Infrastructure. She said:

 “It’s a great honour for our Community Hospitals to be recognised with this award and a testament to all the hard work which our colleagues do to consider the environment and reduce wastage.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their efforts but also ask that we don’t become complacent and keep thinking about what actions we can all do to be a bit more environmentally friendly.”

Alan Shepherd, Professional Head of Estates for Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: “This prestigious award has been given in recognition of the environmental improvements achieved by both Trusts, who hold environmental issues high on their agendas.”

Source: ©Cumbria NHS

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