Lime Tree Surgery are striving to reduce our Carbon footprint year on year, and this year we have set ourselves the goal of becoming a paper-light practice.
Reducing the amount of paper we send and receive is something we feel strongly about, and throughout the last year we have promoted more environmentally friendly methods of communication such as email and SMS messaging to our patients and colleagues in the NHS. We are sorry for pestering you regarding contact details on a regular basis, but this has made a significant impact to our Carbon footprint and we are eager to reduce it even further!
Switching to electronic consultation is one aspect of our goal to provide sustainable healthcare, and it has been noticeable around the office how few paper documents we now deal with.
Something that our patients can measure without taking a tour of the surgery is the improvement in their health. How you travel to the surgery not only impacts your own Carbon footprint, but also reduces the number of vehicles on the road and the congestion that brings.
There will, of course, be many situations in which travel by private motor vehicle will be the only practical option for some of our patients. In other cases however, travel by private motor vehicle may not be necessary. Private vehicles could be replaced with other modes of transport, including those which carry the added benefit of physical activity, such as cycling and walking.
Cycling to the practice and using the under-cover bike racks located by the pharmacy entrance is a great way to get to Lime Tree. Not only does this help reduce our carbon footprint as well as your own, it also provides tremendous health benefits. If you do not own a bike or feel like you could use a refresher before you get out on the road again, then our partners at Quest in Broadwater provide a range of services as well as an array of bikes to suit all abilities and budgets.
If you are unable to cycle, then Lime Tree is serviced by the number 1 bus. Seen on this map, we are easily reachable by public transport if you live within our catchment area.
Sustainability is a far reaching topic and is influenced by small things as much as it is big projects such as solar panels or rain water collection. If you have an idea or a suggestion to help us as a community reduce our Carbon footprint then let us know via email , by posting in one of our suggestion boxes in the surgery or via Twitter .