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How are we doing

The Trust has made significant progress with energy and environmental management in recent years.

Our achievements to date are:


  • Building Management System (BMS) installed at Royal Bournemouth Hospital. A BMS is a computer based control system that controls and monitors the buildings heating and ventilation.
  • 2008

  • Provision of preferential car-share spaces.
  • 2009

  • Carbon Group formed.
  • All single-use items to be compostable within the Catering Department.
  • Internal pipe-work insulation.
  • 2010

  • All waste oil from Catering recycled.
  • All food waste from kitchens sent to composting.
  • Car park lights changed to LED low energy lighting.
  • Pedal Points Scheme launched to reward staff cycling into work.
  • Real time information provided on the Royal Bournemouth Hospital Bus Stop.
  • Shower and locker facilities provided for employees who walk, run and cycle to work.
  • Loan Bikes Scheme launched allowing staff members to borrow a Trust bike for up to two weeks.
  • Implementation of NHS Cycle-To-Work Scheme.
  • Cycle storage facilities.
  • Emergency bike repair facilities.
  • 2011

  • Sustainability Manager recruited.
  • Became a zero waste-to-landfill Trust.
  • Additional shower and change facilities provided at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
  • PC Power management software purchased.
  • Solar Panels installed on Stour Building and Estates/ Risk Management Building at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
  • Day light sensors and movement sensors on lighting.
  • Pool vehicles for use by all RBCH staff.
  • Sustainability training for Procurement staff.
  • 2012

  • Solar Panels installed on Energy Centre roof at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
  • Trial of LED energy efficient lights in corridors.
  • Installation of a Waste Digester in the Catering Department.
  • Development of internet based energy monitoring site.
  • Staff engagement, and Trust involvement in the first NHS Sustainability Day.
  • 2013

  • Green Impact scheme launched.
  • Dyson Airblade hand dryers installed in non-clinical toilets across the Trust.
  • Savawatt controls fitted to refrigeration units across the Trust.
  • Wildflower meadow developed by Lakeside, and a number of bird boxes and duck houses installed around the site.
  • Monthly URGE bicycle MOT’s introduced for staff.
  • Sustainability training course for procurement staff.
  • 2014

  • Biodiversity board installed by the Lakeside.
  • RBCH hosted one of the national NHS Sustainability Day road shows in February 2014.
  • Two Nissan Leaf 100% electric vehicles purchased for work-related travel.
  • Gained two awards at the NHS Sustainability Day 2014 awards ceremony.
  • Joined the Bournemouth & Poole Sustainable Food City campaign.
  • Trust gained the Good Egg Award for responsible sourcing of all egg products used in the Catering department.
  • Free bike tagging event offered for all staff.
  • Joined the Business Travel Network to improve sustainable travel.
  • Worked with the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) to increase sustainable travel for staff.
  • 2015

  • Formed partnership with ADSM through AquaFund - a multi-million pound grant fund which enables UK organisations to make financial and water savings through the installation of water saving equipment.
  • Investment in a number of electric vehicle charging stations across the Bournemouth Hospital site
  • Development of a Trust Biodiversity Management Plan
  • 2016

  • Participation in Demand Side Response projects - involving reducing the hospitals load from the national grid at peak time by running off backups generators and exporting excess energy back into the grid.
  • Collaborative event with the Stroke Unit to mark National Bird Box week - as part of the rehabilitation workshops held in the Stroke Unit, stroke patients built bird boxes which were then up across the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital green spaces.
  • Launch of the SustainRBCH Campaign and Operation TLC, energy awareness and switch off campaigns.
  • Catering Department successfully achieved the Silver Award in the Food For Life Accreditation.
  • Installation of 'healthy vending' machines across the hospitals to provide healthy options to staff at the hospital, 24 hours a day.
  • Launch of a monthly staff and visitor fresh fruit and vegetable market stall at Bournemouth Hospital, in collaboration with the Bournemouth Sustainable Food City Partnership.
  • The first hospital in the UK to receive a Green Flag Award for maintaining its green spaces to the highest possible standards.
  • Orchard Garden Project delivered a new therapeutic courtyard garden situated directly outside the chemotherapy suite.
  • 2017

  • Development of a 5 year Estates Energy Strategy for RBCH
  • Winner of the NHS Sustainability Award 2017 for Workforce Development.
  • All main corridor lighting at Royal Bournemouth Hospital converted to LEDs
  • Launch of a Staff Pool Bike Scheme - the use of 3 electric bicycles being made available for staff on business related travel.
  • Annual Report:

    Each year the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust includes an update about carbon reduction and sustainability performance within their Annual Report and Accounts.


    To find out how we are performing, visit the links below.