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Improving our hospital and reducing our impact on the environment

MKUH has met an important milestone in its Greener Future ambitions as we commence work to improve the carbon efficiency of our estate in several areas.

This follows successfully securing £2.6 million in funding as part of the Government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme to improve the hospital environment while moving to net carbon-zero heating solutions.

The funding will not only enable us to improve the comfort of both patient and staff environments, but it will also enhance the hospital’s resilience and sustainability as we move to a net carbon-zero heating system. This is a significant step in our commitment to patient well-being and the environment.

Our scheme has three areas of work:

Installing Energy-Efficient Windows

New double-glazed, thermo-resilient windows and doors will be installed in some of our estate’s oldest areas. The upgrade will significantly enhance the area’s energy efficiency while also improving the hospital environment for patients and staff.

Upgrading Theatre Ventilation

The ventilation systems in our Theatres are due for replacement. Our work will see theatres that require a replacement of their ventilation system upgraded with a new energy-efficient system, providing improved air quality while contributing to our carbon net-zero targets. Ventilation upgrades will also take place in the Hospital Sterilisation & Decontamination Unit (HSHU) and Cardiology Out-Patients.

Sterile Service Upgrade

Sterile Services will be transitioning from a gas-powered steam sterilisation system to an electrically heated one. These improvements will not only support our energy efficiency targets but also modernise our sterilisation facilities, ensuring that they are fit for the future.

While this work occurs, patients may experience some disturbance from contractor activity in areas where the work is taking place. Please be assured that this will be kept to a minimum, and prior notice will be provided wherever possible. Staff teams in our wards and in other clinical areas will be aware of and kept up to date on the work taking place, and you should be informed if you have any concerns or would like to ask any questions.

Work under this scheme is due to be completed in late November 2024.


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