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Millions to reduce NHS energy use

Paul Jackson, Ian MacManus and Carla Appleby from the Trusts facilities department in the boiler room at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Paul Jackson, Ian MacManus and Carla Appleby from the Trusts facilities department in the boiler room at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Fylde coast hospitals have been given millions of pounds to improve their carbon footprint and to help redirect cash to front line services.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded £1.3m in a bid to cut the NHS energy bill.

It is one of more than 60 countrywide to have been awarded a share of a £50m fund to reduce the annual bill by up to £13.7m.

As well as helping to cut carbon emissions and save the environment, all the money saved in energy bills will be redirected to patient care.

The Trust’s funding will go to saving it around £300,000 per year which will be redirected to front line services.

Ian McManus, assistant director of clinical support and facilities management at the Trust, said: “The use of new equipment will provide better heating control and reduce our carbon footprint by more than 2,000 tonnes of CO2 a year by reducing energy losses from the system.

“The main component of the project is to replace inefficient shell and tube calorifiers with plate heat exchangers, which are between seven to 15 per cent more efficient due to improved control, greater energy conversion in the heat exchanger and a reduction in heat loss from the appliance.

“The project will also see the installation of a flue gas economiser in the main boiler house to capture energy from exhaust gases, which would have otherwise been emitted into the atmosphere as waste heat.

“The efficiency savings will mean more money is available for patient care which is the Trust’s main priority.”

The scheme also includes the installation of a combined heat and power unit at Clifton Hospital, which will significantly modernise the heating systems at the site.

The funding was announced by Dr Dan Poulter, the health minister, and is the second Department of Health funded scheme the Trust has been awarded.

In 2008 money was released as part of the Energy Saving Fund which contributed to the installation costs for a 1.2MW CHP unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, which to date has saved the Trust in the region of £900,000 since it was commissioned in 2010.

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