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Dr Jonny Groome

(Co-Founder)

Anaesthetic Registrar - Barts & The London School of Anaesthesia

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.

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Dr Stephen Wythe

(Co-Founder)

Anaesthetic Trainee - Barts & The London School of Anaesthesia

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.

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Dr Lorna Gallagher 

Consultant Anaesthetist - Moorfields Eye Hospital

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.

Mr Tom Plant

Paediatric and Obstetric Anaesthetic Practitioner - The Royal London Hospital

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.

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Dr Manish Raval

Consultant Anaesthetist - Moorfields Eye Hospital

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.

Dr Amy Gribble

Anaesthetic Core Trainee - Barts & The London School of Anaesthesia

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.

Dr Ana Mirallave

Consultant Clinical Neurophysiologist at Queen’s Hospital

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!

Dr Nat Duke

Anaesthetic Registrar – Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

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.

Dr Jonny Sadler

Teaching Fellow at Brighton and Sussex Medical School

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.

Dr Alex Bevan

(Social Media Officer)

Anaesthetic Core Trainee - Barts & The London School of Anaesthesia

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.

Mr Simone Morini

Band 6 ACCU Nurse at Barts Heart Centre

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

Miss Sudeshna Patra

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

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.

Dr Jonathon Wong

Anaesthetic Trainee - Central School of Anaesthesia

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.

Dr Hannah Lewis

Anaesthetic Registrar - Barts and the London School of Anaesthesia

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.

Dr Natasha Palipane

Education and Development Lead

Sustainability is everyone’s responsibility. It is not nature that we are trying to save, it is our ecology, without which we are nothing. I am a specialty doctor in palliative medicine who is thrilled to join this collaborative effort in advocating and acting.

If you are interested in our Sustainability Roadshow coming to your university or work place please email me at npalipane@gmail.com

Felix Chamberlain

Environment Manager at Network Rail

In order to become sustainable, we need to understand our impact on the limits of our planet. I studied in Climate Change Science and Policy at the University of Bristol to gain this understanding, wanting to spread the application of sustainability across various industries. I am honoured to be a part of such a forward thinking team as GASP. Having met Jonny through a friend, it was clear this is another area which needs immediate attention and it is evident through meeting the team there is the appetite to meet it. I aim to offer my expertise to support this enthusiastic team through their transformation into a more sustainable practice.

Arez Mohamed

Anaesthetic Core Trainee - North East London

Climate change has become one of the biggest contemporary issues, with healthcare being a major contributor. I believe care can be extended from patients to the environment in a synergistic way. Through GASP I hope to help make changes which go on to leave a bigger positive ecological footprint.

Jack Massingham

Medical Student - University of East Anglia

I have been inspired to get involved with GASP at this early stage of my medical career as addressing the Climate Crisis cannot be delayed. I am enthusiastic about finding innovative solutions, spreading awareness, and most importantly nurturing an inclusive and collaborative approach. I firmly believe everyone within the hospital should have the freedom to make a sustainable choice, and so one of my ambitions is for hospitals to better provision for plant-based diets. 

Dr James Hockridge

Anaesthetic Trainee - North East London

Anaesthesia is arguably the most polluting medical specialty, yet despite good intentions many healthcare professionals are unaware of the impact of their practice. I’m thrilled to help GASP in their mission to make provision of healthcare greener and more sustainable.

Dr George Francke

Anaesthetic Trainee - North East London

As anaesthetists we have an additional responsibility to minimise our impact on the planet. By getting involved with GASP I want to help bring about lasting change in our NHS. I'm also hoping to take advantage of how much we move around as trainees and spread the word in every hospital I work in.

Dr Luke Mills

ACCS Core Trainee: Salford Royal Hospital

I'm joining GASP to create positive change to the way we treat our environment. It's easy to feel that because our job is to help people, we are doing our bit. However there are so many opportunities to reduce our contribution to climate change at work that we need to take responsibility to explore them. 

Dr Hannah Smith

Anaesthetic Registrar - North East London

We all have an impact both personally and professionally, as a collective and as individual's. It's easy to lose sight of this, especially within a busy work place. We can improve this.

Changes need to be made at work, which are achievable and sustainable, to help us look after this lovely planet and all its inhabitants. GASP with its outlook and projects aims and will do this.

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