If the NHS is to reach its target of being the world’s first net-zero health service by 2045, there needs to be a focus on sustainability and reduced emissions. Across Barts Health NHS Trust we have made great strides towards that target by reducing our carbon emissions by almost 40% over a decade.
At Whipps Cross, we have implemented various active travel initiatives. These efforts include newly built staff changing rooms with built in mirrors, hair driers and lockers. There’s a cycle-to-work salary sacrifice scheme, we’ve installed drop kerbs for pedestrian access, enhanced pedestrian walkways from James Lane and plan to do more.
We spoke to staff at Whipps Cross to hear how they’re contributing to reducing carbon emissions and their experiences using facilities at the hospital:
Residing within the Whipps Cross catchment area enables me to walk to and from work. I’m able to reduce my carbon footprint whilst enhancing my physical health and general wellness. This routine allows me the opportunity to reflect and admire my surroundings while grabbing a coffee on my way to work—it's a cherished moment in my day.
Chief executive, Dr Amanjit Jhund
I think the cycling facilities are a great addition to Whipps Cross. It has plenty of space and provides a secure place to leave your bike. I think it’s great that you can exit the bike cage straight into the locker rooms. I think it’s important to encourage staff to cycle to work and share more of what’s available locally for those that might be nervous about cycling to work.
Deputy Head of Therapy Outpatients, John Jefford
I've cycled to work from Highbury and more recently Woodford. Cycle paths make commuting easier and safer. Cycling is a great option for transporting to the hospital. I have found the bike shed to be safe and easy to use and the showers are conveniently located next to the bike sheds.
Exercise Physiologist in Cancer Prehabilitation, Duncan Grant