Wellspring Surgery is committed to providing a quality service in a manner that ensures a safe and healthy workplace for our employees and minimises our potential impact, in line with the Brundtland Commission’s 1987 definition of sustainable development:
“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
We operate in compliance with all relevant environmental legislation and strive to use the most energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly best practices in all we do. We minimise waste, actively promote recycling and minimise our toxic emissions.
The Green Czar (Dr Trevor Thompson) and Strategic Business Manager (James Bury) are responsible for ensuring that the policy is implemented. All members of the team, however, have a responsibility to ensure it is complied with. This environmental sustainability policy applies to all of our work activities.
We will ensure good housekeeping with regard to energy efficiency, water efficiency and to waste reduction by segregating, reusing and recycling wherever possible. We will incorporate this training into the induction programme for new members of the team.
Below are listed a few things that we have already done to reduce our environmental, ethical and economic impact:
- We have segregated bins for waste in each consulting room
- We have sustainable energy generation systems
- Many of the doctors routinely cycle to work
- We have a system whereby a doctor can order a taxi if a visit is too far away
In the next year, we aim to improve our practices by implementing the following:
- We will have a scheme to reduce wasted appointments.
- We will be part of the inhaler recycling scheme locally
- We will be making better use of the social prescribing services at Wellspring.
We will review this policy on an annual basis.