The North East Ambulance Service provides a number of NHS services, and covers the counties of County Durham, Northumberland, and Tyne and Wear, along with the boroughs of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees.
The service operates from 60 stations spread across this vast region and employs more than 2,000 staff responding to over 360,000 emergency and urgent incidents per annum. Their fleet of more than 500 vehicles clocks-up close to 10 million miles per year.
After taking up the role of Environmental & Sustainability Manager at NHS North East Ambulance Service and reviewing the buildings within the trust’s portfolio, Ms. Clare Swift decided that immediate measures had to be implemented to make the buildings more energy efficient and help the Trust save money.
The first two targets were the Alnwick and Morpeth Ambulance Stations in Northumberland. The two sites use gas-fired boilers and radiators for heating and hot water provision and they are each permanently manned by 30 members of staff.
“As soon as I saw the buildings, I knew that something had to be done to make them more energy efficient” said Clare.