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I have a passion for combating climate change and am a strong believer that we need to mobilise, organise, lobby and innovate in order to combat it. I am  frustrated about the fact that our profession plays a significant role in contributing to global warming and waste. I feel that as advocates for good health we should lead by example in protecting the planet from the catastrophic health issue that is climate change.

Anaesthetic Registrar - Barts & The London School of Anaesthesia

Dr Jonny Groome

(Co-Founder)

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When I started working in theatres as an anaesthetic trainee, one of the major things I noticed was the sheer volume of waste produced by each case. I wanted to improve things and so introduced a scheme which recycles clean medical PVC like anaesthetic masks, oxygen tubing and fluid bags. I realised how much of a difference we can make to the environmental impact of our practice, and through GASP want to encourage others to help hospitals reduce their footprint.

Anaesthetic Trainee - Barts & The London School of Anaesthesia

Dr Stephen Wythe

(Co-Founder)

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We all have a responsibility to protect our environment. We, as clinicians, are in a privileged position to be able to influence change in our hospitals, and have a moral obligation to do so. My children know how to recycle at home and school, and feel passionately about it. There is no reason we cannot do the same at work, but we need to make it easy and meaningful for everyone so it becomes second nature to us all.

Consultant Anaesthetist - Moorfields Eye Hospital

Dr Lorna Gallagher 

In our increasingly polluted and overpopulated planet I feel it’s imperative that we take action to try and improve the world we live in and the what we leave for future generations.
The amount of waste the NHS produces a year is staggering and with a few small changes and a better awareness I believe we can drastically improve how we use anaesthetic equipment and how we dispose of it.
I want to educate staff on simple ways we can cut unnecessary waste and improve the amount we recycle, and in the process, save money and save the planet.

Paediatric and Obstetric Anaesthetic Practitioner - The Royal London Hospital

Mr Tom Plant

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I want to contribute to making changes to our work practices that reduce unnecessary waste & harm to our environment.  I want these to be achievable but meaningful such that we can motivate everyone to come together and participate.

Consultant Anaesthetist - Moorfields Eye Hospital

Dr Manish Raval

Before studying medicine I worked as a geo-environmental consultant.  The irony of entering into healthcare and contributing to the carbon footprint, water use and greenhouse gas emissions has not been lost on me. Therefore, I would like to sustainably address the environmental impact posed by my contribution to healthcare, and I would also like to encourage colleagues to participate so that we can make a real difference together.

Anaesthetic Core Trainee - Barts & The London School of Anaesthesia

Dr Amy Gribble

I recently started living a vegan zero/low waste lifestyle which implies sending little to no trash to landfill. At the workplace, this can be quite hard to achieve as our electrodes usually come with tonnes of plastic packaging which is mostly not recyclable by today’s standards. I am closely working with our suppliers such as Unimed to give them alternatives to reduce waste such as using paper packaging instead of plastic which is both compostable and recyclable and packaging electrodes in groups rather than single units. What I have learned is that change starts in you and that talking to manufacturers usually brings good outcomes!

Consultant Clinical Neurophysiologist at Queen’s Hospital

Dr Ana Mirallave

The science is unequivocal – we have a very short amount of time to act to prevent catastrophic climate breakdown, so we all need to stand up and make a difference where we can. The NHS has ambitious targets in place for CO2 reduction, but currently no working plan to achieve them. We need to change that.

Anaesthetic Registrar – Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Nat Duke

Sustainability in healthcare is the elephant in the room that we need to be talking about. Although curriculums are full and people are set in their ways, finding time to address these issues are essential to the modernising of medical practice. I am interested in finding the easy ways to make the biggest difference.

Teaching Fellow at Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Dr Jonny Sadler

We all know it, there is no ‘Planet B’. It’s super cliche but it is a reality; climate change is the biggest public health risk of today’s society. I like to think we are all generally good people, and yet unfortunately we are all also culpable, on some level or another. When we go into Medicine we do so to care for people, we therefore have a responsibility to make sure we also care for our future generations, starting with the platform on which we all live - earth! We simply cannot afford to ignore it; let’s all make changes large and small from right now and actually make a difference.

Anaesthetic Core Trainee - Barts & The London School of Anaesthesia

Dr Alex Bevan

(Social Media Officer)

It is a fact: climate change is happening. I asked myself:" What can I do about it?"
I started to change diet and make more sustainable choices, getting informed on how bad the situation is. I am now vegetarian and cycle all around London whenever possible.

However I wanted to make a more significant contribution and I thought that being a role model wasn't sufficient.

The NHS is one of the biggest user of single use plastic, but what is worst is that we are not even good at recycling it. Therefore I decided to invest my time to improve the waste management within my unit first, hoping to extend the progresses all over the trust and share the message to the people.

Everyone can contribute and do something in their daily life and workplace. With support and unity we will make it happen, I believe it.

"We don't need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly." Anne Bonneau

Band 6 ACCU Nurse at Barts Heart Centre

Mr Simone Morini

I am passionate about protecting the environment and at home I regularly recycle my rubbish, compost my kitchen waste and reuse plastics. I love gardening and believe that plants, with their infinite ability to purify the air, will save the earth. WALL-E is one of my favourite movies! Having successfully participated in the Green Ward competition I have experienced the epiphany that that sustainable healthcare is the future.

Consultant Eye Surgeon and Clinical Network Director for Ophthalmology, Barts Health NHS Trust

Miss Sudeshna Patra

Having practised Anaesthesia both in the UK and in New Zealand I have seen how much we contribute to the global carbon footprint. It was out in New Zealand where I saw how far ahead they were with their policies and actions to reduce, reuse and recycle within the healthcare industry to achieve sustainable healthcare. I am trying to bring back just a little bit of their enthusiasm for sustainable anaesthesia as change needs to come from each of us for it to work.

Anaesthetic Trainee - Central School of Anaesthesia

Dr Jonathon Wong

I am an ST7 anaesthetics trainee working in London. I have become increasingly aware of the environmental impact our actions can have. Recently I have made personal lifestyle changes to attempt to mitigate this and am keen to be part of a team that reduces the negative environmental consequence that comes from working in theatres. I have been inspired by currently working at a trust that is pioneering in its attempts to reduce theatre waste and has set up active recycling schemes. I am keen to encourage other trusts to put systems in place to help reduce the NHS footprint and help spread the message to other healthcare professionals.

Anaesthetic Registrar - Barts and the London School of Anaesthesia

Dr Hannah Lewis