Eco-initiatives at Cromwell Hospital start bearing fruit

Sarah Melia, General manager at Bupa Health Services, discusses the steps that the Bupa-owned Cromwell Hospital in London has taken to become more sustainable over the last couple of years.

The health of the planet and the health of people are inextricably linked, with the World Health Organization declaring climate change the biggest health threat to humanity. There have been many studies to back this up, particularly around pollution, and how it increases the risk of cancer, heart disease, respiratory problems, and dementia. At Bupa, we view the planet as our biggest patient. We know that if we help to boost the health of the planet, it will also boost the health of our people. This is why we changed our purpose to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives and make a better world.

The healthcare sector generates 4-5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, which is a huge amount, and we wanted to help reduce this. We started by looking at Cromwell Hospital in Kensington, and identified numerous changes we could make to help it become more sustainable

Cromwell Hospital was built in 1981, and is an internationally renowned 120- bed private hospital. The hospital covers over 70 specialties, and is recognised as a centre of excellence for oncology, cardiology, paediatrics, orthopaedics, lung, complex surgery, and medicine. 

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