The five year redevelopment of The Horder Centre, a centre of excellence for orthopaedic care, aims to significantly improve energy efficiency by reducing carbon emissions and more effective waste management.
Since the start of the project two years ago, carbon emissions have been reduced by 21.5%, electricity and gas consumption have been cut by 19% and 9% respectively, there has been a reduction in the cost of clinical waste by more than 40% and untaxed diesel use has decreased by 100%.
The Horder Centre now recycles all its cardboard and shredded waste paper which means the equivalent of 270 trees have been saved since the project began. Staff were involved in the setting up of a new environmental steering group and an awareness day was held to get everyone on board.
The environmental initiative was been shortlisted for the Health Service Journal’s Energy Efficiency category in their annual efficiency awards for NHS organisations and the results will be announced in September. Guy Heasman, Hotel Services Manager for Horder Healthcare, said: “It was really important to us that our redevelopment project had a significant environmental impact in addition to providing a therapeutic environment for patients. We are delighted that our efforts have been recognised by being shortlisted for this award.
“Our commitment to the environment is shared by the entire team at Horder Healthcare and we have had all sorts of initiatives suggested including recent paper free invoicing and a “wombling” team to clear the hospital grounds of any litter.” The five year redevelopment of The Horder Centre has included a new entrance to the hospital, state of the art physiotherapy gym, new coffee shop, new day unit and therapeutic gardens. Further improvements will include a new kitchen and dining room and redevelopment of the diagnostic department.