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We're always working on new projects to help the Trust minimise its impact on the environment. On this page you can keep up-to-date on the latest news.

You can also read our quarterly Green News newsletter which shares good practice from around the Trust, plus lets you know what events and initiatives are coming up soon.

Sustainability Report 17-18


In August this year we published the second Trust Annual Sustainability Report, in which we highlight the work done over the last year to continue to provide high quality healthcare whilst minimising the negative environmental impact of our activities.

This year we also aligned our report with the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals—which aim to end poverty, protect the planet and bring prosperity to all by 2030. We are keen to show how our work is contributing towards achieving this global target.

Within the report we also highlight that staff support for action on sustainability continues to be high. This was shown in the 2017 staff sustainability survey. Only by working together can we meet the challenge of delivering healthcare (with rising public demand and expectations) within available environmental and social resources— protecting and improving health now and for future generations.

Previous Reports


We were awarded a certificate for Excellence in Sustainability Reporting for our Annual Sustainability Report for 2016-17 by the Sustainable Development Unit for NHS England. The Trust achieved the highest score across the NHS!

The report highlights where we have successfully reduced our environmental impact, saved money and improved patient and staff wellbeing, all during a time of increasingly tight financial constraints.

It shows the progress we are making towards the key aims of our Sustainable Healthcare Strategy (which is also available on the main ‘Environment and Sustainability’ webpage).

Waste Awareness Week 2018

Waste IconEvery September the Trust holds 'Waste Awareness Week' as a way to engage staff on the waste hierarchy.

Each day the Sustainability Team communicated a daily waste related theme to wards and departments across the Trust. Waste Awareness Week aims to focus on themes which have been noted to cause confusion and contamination of recycling, or which have the potential to help improve compliance and save a good deal of money for the Trust.

This years themes included:

The cost of waste - the importance of segregation

Cups - disposable or re-usable? Which is right for you, and how to make the most sustainable choice

Bulky items - sending bulky items for reuse ahead of disposal

Waste Awareness Week is also an opportunity for staff to speak to the Waste Manager as he visits their area to ask any questions they have. It was great hearing all the small changes individuals and teams have made to reduce the amount of waste generated, increase recycling and raise awareness within their departments.

Newcastle Hospitals Shortlisted for Sustainable Health and Care Awards

Newcastle Hospitals have been shortlisted for 4 awards in the Sustainable Health and Care Awards. The awards programme highlights and celebrates the fantastic sustainable development work across the NHS, social care and public sector. Providing organisations, teams and individuals the opportunity to showcase their projects.

Our People - The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sustainable Healthcare Leader of the Year - James Dixon, Head of Sustainability and Compliance

Care and Clinical Practice - Children's Diabetes Team

Care and Clinical Practice - Breast Cancer Care Team

We will find out at an awards dinner on the 21st November whether we have won any of the 3 categories we are shortlisted for - fingers crossed!

NUTH Green Gym

NUTH Green Gym beach cleanNUTH Green Gym: a partnership of Green Nephrology, Shine and Better Health at Work for staff and their families.

The NUTH Green Gym, in collaboration with local conservation groups, will be taking part in a wide-range of activities around the region including beach cleans, tree planting and wildlife surveys. Please register your interest via greengym@nuth.nhs.uk and we’ll keep you posted about upcoming events! (NUTH staff only)

This scheme has great health benefits for both physical and mental wellbeing, including being active, meeting new people and being outdoors.


Green Apple Award Winners 2017

Green Apple Award 2017Newcastle Hospitals has won a Gold Green Apple Award for the ongoing Sustainable Food and Catering project at Freeman Hospital.

Catering Manager Geoff Moyle has worked closely with the sustainability team and food suppliers to pro-vide the best food available and worked with chefs to create a menu which encourages the use of local, organic, Fairtrade and meat-free meals.

Amy Johnston and Geoff Moyle were presented with the award and certificate in November at the Houses of Parliament.

Carbon Trust Standard for Waste

Carbon Trust standard logoOur achievements in improving the way we manage our waste has been awarded the coveted Carbon Trust Standard for Waste. We are only the second NHS Trust (and the first outside of London) to achieve this.

The award follows an audit by the Carbon Trust who recognised our commitment to improving the Trust’s environmental sustainability, and our work to develop programmes to reduce, reuse and recycle more of the waste we produce. Projects include:

  • the first NHS Trust in Europe to switch to reusable sharps boxes in 2004
  • diverting all our waste away from landfill since January 2011
  • breaking down our food waste in special ‘digesters’
  • recycling paper, plastic and metal from our healthcare processes
  • baling our cardboard on-site to generate an income
  • reducing the amount of waste we produce in relation to the number of patients we see.

You can see more information about the Carbon Trust Waste Standard.

HSJ award shortlist

We were shortlisted in the Environmental Sustainability category of the Health Service Journal Awards 2014 for our OHPAT – Moving Care Closer to Home project.

Rather than patients having to come to hospital for treatment, the project aims to administer parenteral antibiotic therapy (usually antibiotics given by injection or intravenously), at home or in outpatient departments.

As well as improvements in patient care and financial savings, the project is helping to save over 420 tonnes of CO2 a year through avoiding patient visits to hospital. The project also helps eliminate over 12,000 travel miles annually (almost 4 tonnes of CO2 per year).

We were 'highly commended' at the awards ceremony in London in November 2014. You can find more information on the HSJ Awards website.

We’re a national recycling star!

Gold award logoWe have been awarded a Gold Star in the national recycling stars scheme.

The highest honour is only awarded to organisations that recycle and/or recover over 95% of their waste. As we send all the black bag waste that we don’t recycle to an Energy from Waste facility rather than landfill, we scored very highly in the awards. Following the introduction of green bins for mixed recycling at the RVI, we increased our recycling rate by 20% in just six months. The same bins are being rolled out in the Freeman Hospital in 2013.

At the awards event, a number of delegates voiced how impressed they were with our work so far, particularly given the unique challenges of recycling in a very large acute NHS Trust.

Renal Unit wins national green award

Staff on Ward 31 at the Freeman Hospital helped the Trust win the National Green Nephrology Award 2012.

The ward carries out around 150 dialysis sessions a day, and each session generates plastic bottle waste and cardboard. This recyclable waste was all being thrown away as general waste.

In March 2011, we installed a large cardboard baler to recycle the cardboard from Ward 31, and the whole Freeman Hospital. Then in November 2011, we were able to crush and recycle all the used plastic dialysis fluid bottles.

Since the project started we have crushed and recycled 5.11 tonnes of plastic bottles, and baled and recycled 87.63 tonnes of cardboard, saving over £7,000 in disposal costs. This also reduced our carbon footprint by over 46 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide.

The judging panel said they recognised “the outstanding contribution of the Newcastle Hospitals’ Renal Unit in improving the environmental sustainability of kidney care”.

A cheque for £500 was awarded to the Renal Unit. This is to be used for investment in further green initiatives. 

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