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Hospital goes green after £7m investment

Harrogate hospital green

7:02am 14th June 2017

Health bosses claim changes at Harrogate Hospital will help the site save £625,000 per year for the next 25 years.

£7 million has been spent over the last couple of years making the site more energy efficient. 

Approximately £1 million has been spent on the electrical infrastructure, including a new standby generator with significant extra capacity which increases the resilience of the hospital site.

Two of the original hospital inefficient steam boilers, have been replaced along with new heating equipment across the site. 

Internal lighting has been replaced throughout the majority of the site and more than 8,500 new LED lights have been installed. The hospital says the LED lights are more dementia-friendly, with nursing staff commenting that it is making a difference in the wellbeing of patients with dementia. 

Phil Sturdy, Deputy Director of Estates at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, said: “There is a clear patient benefit here in terms of the broader resilience of the site, as well as what people may notice while in hospital, such as more natural feel to the lighting.

“The quality of the work and the effort that has been put in by everyone has given the Trust a project to be proud of. It was very technically challenging but it will support the Trust in continuing to deliver high quality patient care supported by robust engineering infrastructure and capacity to support future clinical developments. It also helps us continue to reduce energy costs and emissions in line with our Carbon Management Plan.”

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