NHS Sustainability Day – March 24

Monday, 21 March 2016

North Bristol NHS Trust will be hosting a sustainability fair in the atrium of the Brunel building at Southmead Hospital on Thursday, March 24 (10am-2pm).

The event is being held to coincide with NHS Sustainability Day which aims to promote sustainable healthcare and make links between the importance of health and wellbeing and sustainable lifestyle choices. Patients, staff and visitors are all welcome to attend.

North Bristol NHS Trust will be promoting what it is doing to reduce its environmental impact through sustainable food sourcing policy, promoting active travel to reduce the number of staff driving to work and how it is reducing its own energy bills.

Stalls will include a range of local organisations promoting sustainability and health and wellbeing to staff and patients including Bristol Incredible Edible, The Soil Association, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Pukka Herbs, Avon Wildlife Trust, Sustainable Travel Solutions, Co-Wheels, Smooth Ride (Dr Bike), plus a local veg box scheme.

The Centre for Sustainable Energy will also be here alongside Bristol Care and Repair to provide advice to patients and staff on how to keep homes cosy and warm. In addition, Talking Money will be available to give advice to help people out of financial hardship.

In addition, Bristol’s Clinical Commissioning Group will be raising awareness on the impact of medicine waste and what staff and patients can do to help reduce it. 

Simon Wood, Director of Facilities, said: “The sustainability fair is one of a series of events being run throughout March to promote the health co-benefits of sustainable lifestyle choices to staff and patients.

“Other events have included a series of short lunchbox talks on a variety of sustainability topics for staff, several events to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight, plus various Green Impact and Sustainable Travel Roadshows throughout the month.

“The benefits of leading an active healthy lifestyle which includes regular exercise such as walking and cycling and eating locally grown, fresh and seasonal food can have significant positive effects on our mental and physical wellbeing whilst also reducing our impact on the environment. 

“NBT is committed to reducing our environmental impact from our sites and services and moving towards more sustainable models of care, ready for changing times and climates.”

Further information is available in the Trust’s Sustainable Development Management Plan available on our website.