NHS on course to achieve net zero carbon status by 2040, aided by NHS Property Services ambitious Green Plan

NHS Property Services (NHSPS) publishes three-year Green Plan focusing on decarbonising the NHS estate, supporting customers in their transition to net zero, and helping the NHS adapt to mitigate the impact of climate change. This plan is part of the organisation’s ‘Delivering a Greener NHS’ programme, which aims to achieve NHS England’s ambition for a net zero carbon NHS by 2040. The drive follows initial efforts to reduce NHS impact on the environment, with 99% NHSPS waste now diverted from landfill. NHS Property Services today announced the publication of its…

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NHS launches lifesaving campaign to tackle heart attack myths

The NHS has launched a new lifesaving campaign to encourage people to dial 999 when they are having early signs of a heart attack. Backed by celebrities including One Foot in the Grave actor Richard Wilson and Sky Sports presenter ‘Tubes’ – the campaign will tackle a number of common heart attack myths, after research identified that three in four people thought a heart attack was the same as a cardiac arrest. The new polling also showed that fewer than half of people said they would dial 999 if they…

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Microsoft joins global group of companies that will support NHS journey to Net Zero

Microsoft has teamed up with other large NHS suppliers from across the world to support the health service’s plan to become more environmentally friendly. The NHS aims to reach Net Zero carbon emissions by 2045 after warning that climate change will disrupt healthcare, with poor environmental health contributing to major illnesses such as asthma, heart disease and cancer. More than 60% of the NHS’s carbon footprint is based within its supply chain, and the organisation uses products from more than 80,000 suppliers that provide medical equipment, food, business and office…

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Fund Launched To Support Families Of Healthcare Workers Who Gave Everything In 2020

The Healthcare Workers’ Foundation (HWF), the charity founded by NHS workers for NHS workers, has launched a Family Fund dedicated to support the families of NHS staff who have died from COVID-19. The Fund was created following direct feedback from healthcare workers, who expressed fear and anxiety about the impact their work may have on their lives and the lives of their loved ones. Through this initiative, the HWF will provide access to counselling and other practical support services, both during the grieving process and into the future, including respite…

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NHS commits to become ‘carbon net zero’

The NHS has adopted a multiyear plan to become the world’s first carbon net zero national health system. The commitment comes amid growing evidence of the health impacts of climate change and air pollution, and aims to save thousands of lives and hospitalisations across the country. Air pollution is linked to killer conditions like heart disease, stroke and lung cancer, and academics have linked high pollution days with hundreds of extra out-of-hospital cardiac arrests and hospital admissions for stroke and asthma. The changing climate is leading to more frequent heatwaves…

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