Sustainability - what we are doing

Sustainability represents one of our core values at Bron-Y-Garn surgery. Our staff have a strong commitment to making changes and improvements, by addressing personal and collective waste production and carbon footprint. 

Greener Primary Care Wales was established by the Primary Care Division, Public Health Wales in 2022. This Framework can help independent primary care contractors (general practices, community pharmacies, optometric practices and dental practices) improve their sustainability and environmental impact.

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The Framework has been developed in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders and is formally endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners, the British Dental Association, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Optometry Wales, and Community Pharmacy Wales. Bron-y-Garn Surgery is currently working towards the Gold award as part of the Practice's commitment to sustainability.

What are we doing to be more sustainable? 

  • We are currently commited as a practice to implimenting and achieving the RCGP ‘Green impact award’. This toolkit allows General Practices from across the United Kingdon  to show how they are working in an environmentally and economically sustainable way. 
  • Parkrun Practice – We have teamed up with local Parkrun organisers to promote the role of exercise in improving patient and staff wellbeing.  
  • Refill station - We have agreed to register as a ‘Refill station’  - Patients and staff may refill reusable water bottles therefore decreasing usage of single use drinks containers 
  • Active Practice (RCGP) - Research shows that doing regular physical activity can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke by as much as 35% and decrease the risk of early death by as much as 30%. As an ‘Active Practice’ we have demonstrated that we have taken a number of steps to Increasing physical activity in patients and staff by:
  1. Reducing sedentary behaviour in patients and staff 
  2. Partnering with a local physical activity provider to support the practice to get more people active 
  3. Partnering with a local physical activity provider to support the practice to get more people active 
  • Sustainability – We have encorparated the following areas into our practice and culture here at Bron-y-Garn surgery 
  1. Embedding Green Impact into our organisational culture 
  2. Improving our energy efficiency 
  3. Sourcing food and drink responsibly and avoiding use of plastic where possible 
  4. Reducing waste and increasing recycling 
  5. Promoting sustainable transport and electric car usage 
  6. Purchasing sustainably 
  7. Reducing our use of paper 
  8. Reducing prescribing 
  9. Implementing the NUS/RCGP Green Impact Toolkit