Climate change affects us all and can have negative impacts on individual and population health. We all need to do our part to mitigate climate change, including primary care practices. In 2018/19 the carbon footprint of NHS Wales was approximately 1 million tonnes of CO2e, 2.6% of Wales’s total greenhouse gas emissions, the highest in the public sector.
The Greener Primary Care Wales Framework and Award Scheme from Public Health Wales has been designed to help independent primary care contractors (community optometry, general practice, community pharmacy and primary care dental practices) to improve the environmental sustainability of their day-to-day practice.
We’re delighted to have received a Gold Award and are committed to reducing our impact on the environment.
The Green Impact Award is a toolkit developed by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), Health Education England, the University of Bristol, and the National Union of Students to help all GP Practices improve their sustainability and reduce their environmental impact .
Members of the Bron-y-Garn Surgery team went to the first Green Impact Health Conference, held by Frome Medical Practice on 7 February 2020, which aimed to support as well as inspire and share ideas with surgeries that wanted to improve their environmental impact.
Following this, we as a surgery have dedicated ourselves to making changes and winning the RCGP's Green Impact award.