Hospitals in green pledge

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HOSPITAL chiefs are hoping to enhance the natural environment at Wigan Infirmary by taking part in the NHS sustainability scheme.

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) is asking for staff, patients, carers and relatives to make a pledge to support the programme.

Last Thursday was the second annual NHS Sustainability Day which WWL marked by planting an English oak tree at the Thomas Linacre Centre.

A spokesperson for WWL said: “To mark this day WWL is inviting staff and the public to support our effort to become more sustainable and improve our local environment.

“A decorative sustainability tree will be placed in the main entrances at Wrightington Hospital, Leigh Infirmary, Wigan RAEI and the Thomas Linacre Centre where sustainability pledges can be made by writing them on a paper leaf and sticking them to a tree.

“By making a pledge you can also be in with a chance of winning an energy monitor for your home. On the day, displays and activities took place at RAEI, to make staff and the public aware of what WWL is doing to improve sustainability, improve energy efficiency, waste and recycling.

“The Sustainability Team were there giving people the opportunity to tell us at WWL what they would change or do to help make us a more sustainable organisation.”

The prime minister, David Cameron pledged his support to the scheme.

He said: “The NHS Sustainability Day is a very important initiative that aligns with this government’s ambitions for a low-carbon and eco-friendly economy. I am encouraged by the scale of reduction in carbon the NHS is contributing towards the UK’s target and the acknowledgement that there is more to do.”

For more information visit www.nhssustainabilityday.co.uk/