At Leckhampton Surgery, we accept that the climate crisis is a health crisis and we acknowledge our responsibility to reduce our impact on the environment. We applaud that the NHS was the world’s first national health system to set clear goals to deliver net zero emissions.
Throughout the last year, our team have been working together to try to understand where our carbon footprint comes from and taking actions to reduce this.
This means looking at everything from the medicines we prescribe to our patients, to the consumables we use in our daily work, the utilities we use to power our building. It means reducing waste and looking at how and why staff and patients travel to our building. It means embedding a culture of sustainability in everything we do.
We’re delighted to announce that, in March 2022, our efforts were formally recognised with a Bronze Award from the Green Impact for Health Scheme, which sets the standard for sustainable General Practice in the UK and beyond.
Making medical practice truly sustainable is a never-ending journey. There is still so much more that can be done. Our sustainability team will continue working on our processes and we hope we can come back to show you a higher level of award within the coming years.
We’re excited about this journey, and about what a cleaner, healthier, more sustainable community could look one day look like. I want to thank you, our patients, for coming with us on this journey.
Dr Ben Lees
GP Partner, and Sustainability Lead