Hospital’s coal boiler is replaced

Work has started on a £2.4 million project at Fairfield Hospital to build a new gas hot water system which will save several hundred thousand pounds every year.

Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has been successful in its bid for funding from the Government’s Energy Fund to ditch the hospital’s ageing coal-fired steam boiler plant for a more environmentally friendly replacement.

A gas low pressure hot water system and a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit is set to completed on the site by the end of July next year.Trust bosses expect the modernisation will have a significant impact on operational costs and reduce carbon emissions from the hospital grounds, off Rochdale Old Road, by 53 per cent.

It will release savings of about £600,000 a year for re-investment in patient services, say health leaders.

John Wilkes, director of facilities at the trust, said: “This is excellent news, not only for the staff and the patients who we treat here at Fairfield Hospital, but to the local population and communities surround-ing the hospital site.

“As you would imag-ine, the running of hospitals is very expensive, not only in maintenance but in power.

“Not only will the new gas boiler be much more efficient, it will bring other benefits by helping to provide a cleaner site by removing the soot and coal dust emissions from the existing boiler plant.

“We are also keen to use this capital investment to enlist the work and expertise of local companies in Manchester to help us in our efforts to further reduce our carbon footprint.”

The NHS spends approximately £600 million a year on energy, helping to power life-saving equipment such as intensive care beds and operating theatres.

An environmental challenge placed on NHS trusts by the Government’s Carbon Reduction Strategy means that the Pennine, as a whole, must reduce its carbon emissions by 10 per cent by 2015. The trust has three other major hospitals at Crumpsall, Rochdale and Oldham.

Source: Bury Times