On Thursday 27th March St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has, for the second year running, teamed up with New Hospitals, Vinci Facilities, Medirest and local organisations to celebrate NHS Sustainability Day.
This year the day was an even bigger success. Children from two local primary schools came to lend a helping hand with the planting of two herb gardens. Children from Eves Lane Primary School in St Helens planted a variety of herbs in the wildlife area at St Helens Hospital whilst children form Oak Dean Primary School in Prescot did the same on their own school grounds. The herbs included Pineapple Mint, Variegated Lemon Balm, Thyme, Lavandula, Rosemary, and Chives; all of which can be used in the Hospitals’ food preparation. A selection of tree saplings were also planted at St Helens Hospital, adding to the area’s biodiversity.
A number of local organisations got involved and joined us in setting up a stall at Whiston Hospital; together we focused on promoting sustainable travel, energy reduction and recycling to staff, patients and the community. Hundreds of gifts made out of recycled materials were given away along with information and ideas on how people can live more sustainably. What is more, Knowsley council set up a gazebo outside the hospital and offered free bike maintenance to encourage healthy, active lifestyles through the cycle to work scheme.
St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust, New Hospitals, Vinci Facilities and Medirest have worked hard together over the last 12 months to develop and maintain a sustainable culture throughout the two hospitals. This year we used NHS Sustainability Day to come together and celebrate what we have achieved so far, promote future initiatives and increase people’s awareness of the mutual benefits that can be achieved through sustainability.