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IMPORTANT NOTICE  - ST DAMIAN'S SURGERY PROPOSED CLOSURE 


There will be two public consultations meeting on:



  • Wednesday 5th December at 2pm at the Assembly Hall Melksham

  • Monday 10th December at 7pm in the Town Hall, Melksham.


  


Although we understand that you may have questions, it would be helpful if you could attend these specific meetings, where we will try and address your concerns and ensure that you receive all of the information that you need at this time. This will enable us to continue the provision of our clinical care, as normal, until a formal decision has been reached.

Going Green/Sustainability

                   

In 2015 the practice applied to participate in a Going Green/Sustainability Pilot and was one of only 7 GP practices chosen to take part. The pilot was part of the Green Impact for Health Initiative, based in Bristol and was centred around green issues and sustainability.

During the pilot, the practice had to demonstrate the ability to meet various criteria (or were significantly working towards them) in the following areas:

  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Quality Improvement
  • Education
  • Embedding & Communication
  • Food
  • Biodiversity & Community
  • Procurement
  • Energy
  • Waste & Recycling
  • Travel

GOING GREEN AWARD WINNERS!  

awardAt the end of the 8 week pilot The Green Team at the surgery were  over joyed to have been awarded the highest award achievible in this time period - the Bronze Award.  The practice was also recognised with a 2nd award for 'going above and beyond the toolkit' as joint overall winners!   

Posted 02.07.15


PATIENT SURVEY

form-iconIf you have any ideas on how the practice could be greener or more sustainable, please complete the website feedback form here and start your comments with the words 'going green'.

Thank you in advance for your suggestions/comments

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DID YOU KNOW?

1.  You are able to order your medication on-line - to save you from using fuel to attend the surgery to deliver your request.  For more information about this service, click here

2. You are able to drop your used Asthma inhalers into reception at The Health Centre BOA - for re-cycling - and we will do the rest!

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PRACTICE ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT

The 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 aim to operate in compliance with all relevant environmental legislation and strive to use, where reasonably possible, the most energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly best practices in all we do. We minimise unnecessary waste where we can, actively promote recycling and minimise our toxic emissions where possible.

The Green Team in the practice is 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 strive to do whatever we can with regard to energy efficiency, water efficiency and to waste reduction by segregating, reusing and recycling wherever possible. We have incorporated this training into the induction programme for new members of the team.

Below are listed a few things that the surgery has already done to reduce our environmental, ethical and economic impact:

  • Staff collect used toners which are sent for recycling
  • Patients are able to order repeat medication on-line (saving fuel to visit the practice to drop off the request)
  • Used asthma inhalers sent for recycling.
  • Surgery lighting being replaced with LED style lighting (as and when replacement required).
  • Reducing electricity consumption where possible, i.e. turning off air con units when not required.
  • General waste bin replaced with recycling bin.

Posted 31.10.18

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DO YOU STRUGGLE TO PAY FOR FUEL COSTS?

Heating costs

Do you have a low income? Do you struggle to pay for expensive fuel costs? Do live in an energy inefficient home? Is your home under occupied? If so this could mean that you are one of the millions of people in the UK who are in Fuel Poverty.

Not being able to keep your home warm adequately can have serious implications on your physical and mental health.  the World Health Organisation recommends a temperature of 21°C (70°F) in the living room and 18°C (65°F) elsewhere.

If the heating in your home goes below 16°C (61°F) this can reduce resistance to respiratory infections.  If the heating in your home goes below 12°C (54°F) this can increase blood pressure and blood viscosity.  If the heating goes below 9°C (48°F) after two or more hours you are at risk of hypothermia.

Please ask yourself:

  • Does your home feel cold or draughty? 

  • Does it smell of damp or have signs of mould or condensation? 

  • Do you use an open fire, individual electric fire or use bottled gas to heat your home? 

  • Do you find yourself having to wear lots of layers of clothing just to keep warm indoors? 

  • Do you keep your curtains closed during the day to keep the heat in? 

  • Do you only use the one room to live in your home?

If the answer to any of the above is yes then you could be entitled to help from CSE (The Centre of Sustainable Energy) 

  • They can provide phone based and face-to-face energy advice and support on: 

  • Practical advice – setting heating controls, managing damp, understanding your energy bill 

  • Advice on improvements that will save money and make patients homes warmer 

  • Identifying issues and finding solution
    s to high energy bills 

  • Support in accessing discounted or free; boiler/boiler repair, insulation and essential maintenance for vulnerable customers 

  • Energy debt support and income maximisation 

  • Energy switching support 

  • Referrals for other support 

Click here for more information

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DO YOU HAVE A HEALTHY SUSTAINABLE DIET?

sustainable diet

Having a healthy diet can also be better for the environment and therefore more sustainable.

The United Nations Food & Agriculture Organisation (UN FAO) defines sustainable diets as:

“Those diets with low environmental impacts which contribute to food and nutrition security and to healthy life for present and future generations. Sustainable diets are protective and respectful of biodiversity and ecosystems, culturally acceptable, accessible, economically fair and affordable; nutritionally adequate, safe and healthy; while optimizing natural and human resources.”

But what does that mean in practice?

WWF’s Livewell Plate based on the UK Government’s healthy eating Eatwell Plate shows a varied and nutritionally balanced diet would also meet UK greenhouse gas emission targets.  WWF’s Livewell principles for healthy low carbon eating recommend we:

  • Eat more plants - enjoy fruit and veg
  • Waste less food - An alarming 30% of the food we buy in shops ends up in the bin or landfill, or to put it slightly differently, it's like leaving the supermarket with 10 bags of shopping and putting 3 directly into the wheelie bin, the minute you get home. Try to plan your shopping and your meals carefully – and try to avoid waste, using up or composting leftover
  • Eat less meat - Meat, be it red or white, can be a tasty complement rather than just a centre piece of a good meal
  • Eat less processed food - as they tend to be more resource intensive to produce and often contain high levels of sugar, fat and salt
  • Eat certified food - buy food that meets a credible certified standard - like MSC for fish or RSPCA Freedom Food for meat and eggs.

Think about what you eat and help the environment!

 



 
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