We’re improving healthcare with a Greener NHS
02 November 2021
Climate change poses a major threat to NHS staff, patients, and their communities. This is because there is a direct link between the health of our planet and the health of our people. The NHS is acting to reduce the harmful gases it puts into the atmosphere. Fewer emissions will mean fewer patients with asthma, heart disease, and cancer. It will also reduce any disruption to the delivery of the care we provide.
Change has already begun
Since 2010, efforts across the health service have resulted in NHS emissions being cut by 30%. This is already improving care, as well as the health and wellbeing of our patients.
Decisions have been made to invest in greener medicines, greener transport, greener buildings, and greener energy consumption.
The challenge ahead
Despite such brilliant progress, there is still more to be done. Together, with the help of staff across the NHS, we hope to achieve even more. With more people involved, we stand every chance of meeting our target of becoming a net zero health service by 2040. We were the first health service in the world to make the commitment and intend to be the first to reach that status.
Discover how you can help
Everyone can do their bit. No matter how small.
As the world leaders are meeting in Glasgow for the UN Climate Change Conference - COP26 NHS Cheshire CCG would like to tell you about what we have been doing to reduce our carbon footprint and reduce the impact of climate change on local people’s health.
You can also hear more about our commitment to climate change by listening to Dr. Gwydion Rhys in this short video:
The more of us who introduce small actions into our everyday routines, the more we can lessen our impact on the environment, and the more we can improve health.
We’re encouraging the people of Cheshire to:
- Order repeat prescriptions on the NHS App to save time and travel
- Try meat-free meals a few times a week
- Include walking and cycling in your daily routine to improve your health and fitness
The Greener NHS programme hopes to deliver long-term positive change for the planet and the health of its people.
Be part of that legacy.