We are pleased to introduce the team from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust(link is external) who will be joining the Green Surgery Conference November 4th(link is external) as one of the Green Surgery Challenge finalists.
The Green Surgery Challenge team at Wrexham Maelor and Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospitals, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in North Wales, focused on the carpal tunnel release pathway as this is the most commonly performed procedure in the field of hand surgery. They considered the whole pathway and chose interventions that would reduce the consumption of single-use surgical equipment and reduce energy use by moving out of the operating theatre, reducing size of autoclave trays by streamlining the reusable surgical sets and eliminating the need for ward admission.
The Green Surgery Challenge team at Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust, focused on modelling the use of an innovative, gasless laparoscopic procedure, eliminating unnecessary sterilization of reusable surgical equipment and reducing the unnecessary use of consumables. These approaches are an examples of the third and fourth principles of sustainable clinical practice, ‘lean’ service delivery and low carbon alternatives to existing practices.
The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare has been awarded Observer Status at the upcoming COP26 this November in Glasgow. This allows us to participate in holding negotiators accountable and increasing the transparency of the COP26 process. The Observer role is also crucial to ensure a wide range of stakeholders from across sectors have oversight of the progress of the negotiations.