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HomeHealthNorthwick Park Hospital targets glove waste to cut costs, boost sustainability

Northwick Park Hospital targets glove waste to cut costs, boost sustainability

The London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, responsible for Northwick Park Hospital, is implementing a new initiative to reduce the use of gloves across its wards, aiming to cut costs and lessen environmental impact.

This measure is part of a broader NHS campaign promoting more sustainable practices within healthcare settings.

Annually, the NHS uses over 1.4 billion gloves, many of which are for non-essential tasks, such as patient care activities that do not pose infection risks.

The campaign, which began in London at Great Ormond Street Hospital, has already demonstrated significant success, saving 21 tonnes of plastic in its initial year.

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This initiative is now active in six wards at Ealing and Northwick Park hospitals, including their intensive care units. Both hospitals are part of the trust that provides comprehensive hospital and community services to approximately one million residents in Harrow, Brent, and Ealing.

The trust, established in 2014, employs around 9,000 clinical and support staff. Besides Northwick Park and Ealing hospitals, it also manages St Mark’s and Central Middlesex Hospitals, delivering essential healthcare services across the three boroughs.

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