Projects that save energy, improve food quality and reduce air pollution at the Royal United Hospital in Bath have been shortlisted for four NHS Sustainability Awards.
The national awards showcase action and innovation on creating a more sustainable NHS.
The RUH was shortlisted in the procurement, infrastructure, staff engagement and public engagement categories.
RUH Director of Estates and Facilities Brian Johnson, said: “This is a huge achievement for our Sustainability team who are tasked with improving the environmental, social and financial impact of the Trust.
“Their hard work and determination is paying off with tangible results to show for it.”
RUH Head of Sustainability Hayley Williams said: “I am delighted we have been shortlisted. It’s important for us, not only to showcase and celebrate the work we do but to challenge the typical idea of what improving sustainability in a hospital involves and why it’s so important.
“We do much more than providing recycling bins and cycle to work schemes – we are committed to generating and embracing innovative ideas that help us become more sustainable.
“These nominations are a perfect example of how wide-ranging our work can be. The procurement nomination for example is for our project to improve the Trusts food offering by becoming a ‘fresh cook’ hospital – selecting local producers, providing a wider range of healthy food options and reducing food miles by having larger and therefore less frequent deliveries.”
Other nominated projects include employee plant room tours for the staff engagement category, an air pollution campaign for the public engagement campaign which included social media messages asking staff, patients and visitors to ‘Switch Off When You Drop Off’ and the relocation of the Spiritual Care Centre, which was nominated for the infrastructure award for its innovative design and build.
The NHS Sustainability awards will take place in Leeds on 16th May 2019.