12-01-2011 | A hospital on green alert

Acorn MPS congratulate everyone at Wythenshawe Hospital for thier part winning the coverted Guardian Public Servises Award 2010 which went to University Hospital of South Manchester NHS foundation trust

Gaurdian Awards Whythenshawe

Wythenshawe hospital's neighbourhood includes Manchester airport, two motorways, an industrial estate and post-war social housing estates. It is, perhaps, an unlikely location for wood-fired heating, farmers' markets and beekeeping.

But the hospital, run by University Hospital of South Manchester NHS foundation trust, is doing all this and more as it aims to become Britain's greenest hospital – for which work it was last night named as the overall winner of the Guardian Public Services Awards 2010.

Speaking at the awards ceremony in London broadcaster and journalist Jeremy Vine who hosted the event said: "With efficiency and sustainability at the forefront of the public services agenda, the judges thought the long-term energy and cost savings planned at the University Hospital of South Manchester made it a worthy overall winner this year, as well as an excellent example of best practice."

To reduce carbon emissions, the hospital has introduced biomass boilers that burn wood pellets. The installation of these, led by energy manager Tony Small and estates and facilities director Paul Featherstone, helped reduce the trust's energy consumption by 26% between January 2008 and April 2010 – exceeding the trust's original target of a 20% cut by 2012.

One 200kW boiler, in the hospital's cardiac centre, makes that department self-sufficient in energy. A larger 4MW boiler, costing £1.28m funded by the Department of Health and first fired up last January, is expected to reduce the trust's carbon dioxide emissions by 3,459 tonnes a year, equivalent to the output of 500 homes. The hospital has also installed a ground source heat pump in its cystic fibrosis centre.

Source: Gaurdian.co.uk 24 Nov 2010

For further information on the Biomass Boiler installation see Acorn MPS's case study