NHS asks next generation to help make new hospitals green to save lives and the planet

Young people across Sutton, Merton and Surrey Downs have been asked how a £500m investment in new hospital buildings can help tackle climate change and improve the local environment.

Sixth-formers at Greenshaw School in Sutton were today set a challenge to help the NHS save the planet as well as lives. The challenge comes as part of the consultation which ends on 01 April on where a brand new specialist emergency care hospital will be built.

During a session with local NHS staff, around 100 students heard how their views can make a difference.

Greenshaw Year 13 physics, maths and chemistry student Severin Furtek, 18, said: “It’s important to get involved in your community and I’m glad I’ve had my say.”

An NHS spokesperson said:

“We want to hear from young people on how we make this £500m investment in our hospitals as green as possible. The new hospital will save lives, but it can also help save the planet. Our hospitals use a lot of energy and resources, and generate a lot of car journeys. It is only right that we ask the next generation where the new hospital should be built – and how.”

They continued:

“Our message to young people today is simple. This is your NHS, and your new hospital. We have the opportunity to invest in green technology, reduce plastic use and build new green spaces. Together, we can make sure we protect the local environment and play our part in tackling the climate crisis.”

For more information please contact the press office 020 3880 0302 or pressoffice@swlondon.nhs.uk