environment, health, public sector

Green MSP to mark hospital’s environmental work

The joint leader of the Scottish Green Party is to plant a tree at St. John’s Hospital in Livingston today (Monday, May 23).

MSP Robin Harper will mark the hospital’s accreditation with ISO 14001 – an international award given to organisations which demonstrate high environmental standards.

Mr Harper, whose regional constituency covers Livingston, is expected to attend a ceremony at St. John’s around 12 noon. He will present the ISO certificate to staff before planting an oak tree in the grounds.

Mr Harper said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be in a position to present this accreditation to St. John’s Hospital. I have visited the hospital many times over the last six years and was very impressed by its sound commitment to environmental management.

“I hope other hospitals in Scotland follow in their footsteps.”

The hospital worked to control its impact on the environment to gain the coveted certificate, reducing harmful emissions and waste and increasing recycling. Staff were also given help and advice to be “greener” through pages on the hospital intranet.

Over a two year period, from 2001/02 up to 2003/04, St. John’s reduced clinical waste by six per cent and other waste by 16.4 per cent. The hospital is now working through an agreed improvement programme, including the reduction of greenhouse gases.

NHS Lothian Director of Facilities John Jack said he was pleased to get the ISO accreditation. He said: “This is a great success for St. John’s.”

The ISO 14001 standard is awarded by BSI British Standards – the national standards body of the UK, responsible for facilitating, drafting, publishing and marketing British Standards and other guidelines.

Organisations interested in finding out more about the standard, and how they can gain it can visit the British Standard’s website at http://emea.bsi-global.com/Environment

Information is also available on the Scottish Executive website at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Government/18823/15167

· You are invited to send a reporter/photographer to the event on Monday, May 23. · The speeches will be held inside the hospital in the first floor common room around 12.30 p.m. on Monday, May 23, with the tree planting outside around 12.45 p.m./1 p.m. A buffet lunch will be served. · Visiting media should report to the main hospital reception, where they will be given directions.

Issued by ADRIAN MAHONEY of The PR Store
on behalf of NHS Lothian Communications

NHS Lothian Communications
T: 0131 536 9006