Amicus Health is delighted to be signed up to the Green Impact for Health Toolkit and we are actively taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint.
The climate emergency is also a health emergency, and health care in the UK contributes 5.4% of the UK's carbon emissions. We need to enhance the health of our current population without compromising the health of future generations, and this means operating within the sustainable boundaries of the planet. Fortunately most of the solutions for the planet also make our health better - for example eating a mainly plant-based diet, engaging in active travel and exercise in nature, avoiding smoking, reducing pollution all enhance our health and reduce our need for medications, with further benefits to the NHS, your health and the carbon footprint of healthcare.
As a result of our engagement with this scheme you will begin to notice changes in the way we work and the practice building itself. This will range from things such as the sort of toilet paper we use to the type of inhalers we prescribe and lots of little things in between. If you have any suggestions for greener change we would love to hear them.
Take a look at www.greenerpractice.co.uk to find out more about the scheme.