Staff, members and governors from Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are demonstrating their commitment to make NHS services more environmentally-friendly and sustainable for the future by planting 26 trees for NHS Sustainability Day.
NHS Sustainability Day takes place this year on Thursday 26 March and marks a day of action for the NHS to raise awareness of the health implications of climate change, share good practice and encourage changes in behaviour.
To mark the campaign, staff, members and governors from the Trust will be planting two Mountain Ash and two English Oak trees near to inpatient facilities on the Kingsway Site in Derby to support the Trust’s pledge of continuously improving the settings in which patient care and support is delivered. Following this, a further 22 trees, including Hawthorn, Oak and Rowan, will be planted on grounds maintained by Derbyshire Healthcare across Derby and Derbyshire, including the Radbourne Unit and Temple House in Derby and Dale Bank View in Swadlincote.
The opportunity to plant these trees is a result of a campaign the Trust has recently been running in partnership with NHS Forest, the national project aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of staff, patients and communities through increasing access to green space on or near to NHS land. Derbyshire Healthcare has been calling for as many of its Foundation Trust members as possible to supply their email addresses so that the Trust can increase its use of electronic communication. Over the last year, 262 members have converted from postal communication to email which is helping the Trust to reduce its carbon footprint and save print and postage costs which can then be reinvested into patient care. For every 10 members who changed to email communication, NHS Forest provided the Trust with one tree to plant.
Kevin Fletcher, Head of Estates & Facilities for Derbyshire Healthcare, said: “NHS Sustainability Day provides us with a fantastic opportunity to highlight small changes in people’s behaviours which can have huge impacts on reducing their carbon footprint. Derbyshire Healthcare has been a leading performer in the NHS for reducing CO2 emissions year on year and by doing so has been awarded the Carbon Trust’s Longevity Award. The tree that we will be planting on NHS Sustainability Day will offset CO2 emissions and help to enrich our landscape for many years to come.”