Care Without Carbon
A small change to the medication round was the first step taken by Sabrina on her way to becoming an environmental champion at Mill View Hospital, and to being named our Gold winner.
Sabrina has been an advocate and champion of Care without Carbon, our initiative to reduce our carbon footprint and make the way we provide healthcare more environmentally sustainable, since it launched in 2018.
She is passionate about creating a greener, more sustainable NHS, and is always looking for ways to make a difference.
For example, Sabrina noticed that Regency Ward at Mill View Hospital, where she works as a staff nurse, was using thousands of plastic disposable cups each year during the medication round. She looked at the alternatives and came up with the idea of reusable plastic cups that could be cleaned and reused. Not only did this help reduce the carbon footprint of the ward but it also saved money – an estimated £900 per year, per ward! The idea is now being replicated across our hospitals.
But it doesn’t end there. Sabrina is now working with the Trust’s Estates and Facilities Team to consider other green initiatives, such as recycling bins on the wards, and introducing large containers of food and drinks rather than individual packets, which create a significant amount of waste.
The team on Regency Ward are fully behind her and support her working with patients to bring new green initiatives to life.
Sabrina was nominated by several people for this award, all of whom mentioned her enthusiasm and dedication to creating a greener NHS, with one commenting: ‘Sabrina has championed our values and is an absolute star - we are very lucky to have her.'
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