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13 Hull health centres install 100% sustainable LED lighting

Health centres in Hull, funded and operated through the NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) programme, are becoming some of the most sustainable in the country, thanks in part to an ambitious programme of lighting replacements.

Healthcare estates management company Hull Citycare has been working with Sewell Facilities Management across their 13 health centres in the city to replace almost 7,000 light fittings with low-energy LEDs, dramatically reducing energy usage and costs, and lessening their carbon footprint.

As well as using less energy, LEDs are brighter than standard compact fluorescent lighting, give big savings on costs and last up to a decade, ten times as long as a normal light bulb.

The final light of the programme was fitted by Sewell FM technician Andy Richardson at Elliott Chappell Health Centre on 14 December 2023, making Hull the only city to have all their health centres fully fitted with LEDs.

Community Health Partnerships is the head tenant at 308 healthcare buildings, built under the LIFT programme in England.  So far 24 buildings are fully LED lit (as of May 2023), and 13 of those are in Hull, so the city is leading the way in energy-efficient lighting.  Community Health Partnerships is an NHS property company wholly owned by the Department of Health and Social Care.

The scheme which has taken two years to complete, was started when Sewell FM wanted to find a new way to help Hull Citycare save time, money and energy.

The 13 CHP healthcare buildings are:

  • Alexandra Health Care Centre
  • Bilton Grange Health Centre
  • Bransholme Health Centre
  • Elliott Chappell Health Centre
  • Jean Bishop Integrated Care Centre
  • Kingswood Health Centre
  • Longhill Health Centre
  • Marfleet Primary Health Care Centre
  • Newington Health Care Centre
  • Orchard Park
  • Park Health & Social Care Centre
  • The Calvert Centre
  • The Wilberforce Health Centre

These health centres have every light replaced by an LED fitting, saving thousands of pounds a year.

Andy Richardson (left) and Craig Webb is on the ladder

Changing a lightbulb in a health centre isn’t as easy as you think, as you need to close off the space, put up barriers and sometimes even bring in mobile elevating working platforms to reach fittings in higher and difficult to reach areas. It causes disruption for the building’s users and staff, takes our facilities team away from urgent jobs and then, a year or so after you’ve put the new lightbulb in, it needs replacing again. After trialling LEDs at Bilton Health Centre, we knew the benefits that moving to LEDs would bring for the buildings, patients, and our staff, so we agreed to pay for and fit the new lights to all the health centres ourselves. It was an ambitious target to get all the replacements completed within two years, and our technicians have worked really hard to get the job finished. Now we have much longer lasting lights that don’t need changing every year, they can put their time and energy into ensuring all our buildings stay in the best condition.

Sewell FM technician Craig Webb at Elliott Chappell Health Centre

Decarbonisation is at the top of everyone’s priority list at the moment, so when Sewell Facilities Management came to us saying they could reduce energy consumption and also save money, it seemed like a win-win situation. It’s already saving the health centres thousands of pounds every year, which is money that can be spent on clinical services and making the health centres even better for patients.

Our primary and community buildings are crucial healthcare estate, aligning to the NHS Net Zero ambitions. The Sustainability agenda is a key driver for CHP and we understand the importance of this to our tenants. Being able to deliver sustainable facilities and value for money has never been so important. We are delighted that 100% of Hull Citycare buildings now have LED lights – resulting in significant environmental and financial savings across the health system. CHP is proud of our commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility, continuing to work with our partners on projects in 2024.

The partnership’s commitment to the environment doesn’t end with putting in the new LED lights, as the old lights will also be recycled, returning to the manufacturers so they can recycle and reuse the fittings and cases.

CHP Green Plan

In 2022, CHP published our ‘Green Plan: A Greener CHP a Greener NHS’. We are embedding our Green Plan into our business, committing resources, supporting staff taking action to ensure it is a success. In 2023/24 we continue to work on our Net Zero Delivery Plan. 

Download: CHP Green Plan, a greener CHP, a greener NHS  (PDF)
Our green vision is to put sustainable development at the heart of our company to ensure our estate and operations are as resilient as the can possibly be. CHP Green Plan

Sustainability at CHP

As part of the NHS family, CHP supports the NHS ambition to deliver the world’s first net zero health system. Sustainable Facilities are one of our five strategic aims and Sustainability is one of our four corporate social responsibility pillars. Aligning with the NHS target of achieving Net Zero Carbon by 2040, the team at CHP are committed to achieve Net Zero Carbon for the LIFT estate by 2040 and 2030 for our corporate functions.

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