Lime Tree Surgery are striving to reduce our Carbon footprint year on year, and this year we have set ourselves the goal of becoming a paper-light practice.
Lime Tree Surgery is delighted to have achieved a Bronze Award in the Green Impact for Healthcare, a sustainability accreditation scheme with an audit and awards element designed specifically for general practices as a collaboration between the RCGP, Health Education England, the University of Bristol, and the National Union of Students. Green Impact is an international programme, recognised by UNESCO as a global laureate for education for sustainable development. However, Green Impact for Health is designed specifically for General practices and is piloting the tried-and-tested approach in this field.
We will be continuing to strive to improve our sustainability and environmental impact
Reducing the amount of paper we send and receive is something we feel strongly about, and throughout the last year we have promoted more environmentally friendly methods of communication such as email and SMS messaging to our patients and colleagues in the NHS. We are sorry for pestering you regarding contact details on a regular basis, but this has made a significant impact to our Carbon footprint and we are eager to reduce it even further!
Switching to electronic consultation is one aspect of our goal to provide sustainable healthcare, and it has been noticeable around the office how few paper documents we now deal with.
Something that our patients can measure without taking a tour of the surgery is the improvement in their health. How you travel to the surgery not only impacts your own Carbon footprint, but also reduces the number of vehicles on the road and the congestion that brings.
There will, of course, be many situations in which travel by private motor vehicle will be the only practical option for some of our patients. In other cases however, travel by private motor vehicle may not be necessary. Private vehicles could be replaced with other modes of transport, including those which carry the added benefit of physical activity, such as cycling and walking.
Cycling to the practice and using the under-cover bike racks located by the pharmacy entrance is a great way to get to Lime Tree. Not only does this help reduce our carbon footprint as well as your own, it also provides tremendous health benefits. If you do not own a bike or feel like you could use a refresher before you get out on the road again, then our partners at Quest in Broadwater provide a range of services as well as an array of bikes to suit all abilities and budgets.
Lime Tree Findon
If you are unable to cycle, then Lime Tree Findon is serviced by the number 1 and 23 buses. We are easily reachable by public transport if you live within our catchment area.
Lime Tree Durrington
Lime Tree Durrington is serviced by the PULSE bus, Number 5 & 10 buses also stop close by at Tesco Extra West Durrington 5-10 minutes walk.
Lime Tree Goring
Lime Tree Goring is serviced by the 8/8A 700 and PULSE buses.
Sustainability is a far reaching topic and is influenced by small things as much as it is big projects such as solar panels or rain water collection. If you have an idea or a suggestion to help us as a community reduce our Carbon footprint then let us know via our secure online form or by posting in one of our suggestion boxes in the surgery
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