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Sustainable Travel in the NHS

The energy required to power vehicles to and from NHS services, and to operate and maintain the ambulance fleet contributes to the NHS's overall carbon footprint. In addition, sedentary modes of transport contribute to inactive and unhealthy lifestyles.

Trusts can actively tackle these issues by routinely reviewing the travel patterns and needs of staff, patients and visitors, and by  providing incentives for low carbon transport modes such as cycling, walking and public transport

There may be further opportunities through providing care closer to home, telemedicine and home working.

Active Travel

Promote and facilitate active transport such as cycling and walking wherever practicable. Ask staff about their potential interest in active transport options in order to set benchmarks.  Work with local groups to encourage and promote cycling and we will establish and promote the ‘Bikes for the NHS' scheme.

Provide facilities such as secure bike racks and ample showers to help make cycling a viable option for staff.

Care at home

Reduce the amount of patients travelling into hospitals where it is not necessary.  Where possible focus on preventative car, providing care at home, telemedicine and videoconferencing instead of face-to-face meetings.

Public Transport

Encourage active travel where possible and maintain good bus links to the hospital from our local communities. Review local travel plans.