NHS Somerset Green Plan
We recognise the climate emergency and through the delivery of this Green Plan we will meet NHS national targets of net zero carbon emissions by 2040 and make our contribution to the goal of a carbon neutral Somerset by 2030.
How can the NHS in Somerset make greener choices that are good for both patients and the environment?
The NHS has the ambition to become the world's first net-zero health service by 2040 by improving healthcare with a Green NHS. In this video series we're exploring the different initiatives across Somerset that are helping us work towards achieving that goal.
Frome Medical Practice
Jonathan Higman, Chief Executive at NHS Somerset meets with Dr Helen Kingston at Frome Medical Centre to discuss why striving for a greener NHS is important for both patients and the environment.
Helen also explains how their practice is working to make sure they, and patients, understand how to make more climate-friendly choices. The NHS has the ambition to become the world's first net-zero health service by 2040 by improving healthcare with a Green NHS.
Green Health Connectors
We know that we are living in a climate and ecological emergency, and this is also connected to our health and wellbeing.
Charlotte Carson who runs the Green Health Connectors in Frome talks about how making positive choices to our health and wellbeing can be good for us as well as our planet. Green Health Connector's help people to feel more confident talking about climate and health win-wins and build local knowledge on the support, this is currently being run successfully in Frome, Somerset - but it's easy to set something up in your area too.
Reducing the carbon footprint of asthma inhalers
Did you know that some inhalers for asthma produce the same amount of greenhouse gases as a car journey of 75 miles? Somerset is one of the best areas in the country for reducing the amount of greenhouse gases used in asthma inhalers - we have managed to reduce this by over 25%.
Our Somerset Hospitals
Did you know that traces of Desflurane, a medicine used in anaesthesia, has been found in the South Pole?
Work is going on behind the scenes in our Somerset hospitals to reduce the use of gases which are harmful to our environment.