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Environmental aspects of health care in the Grampian NHS region and the place of telehealth.

Wootton R, Tait A, Croft A - J Telemed Telecare (2010)

Bottom Line: Based on the limited information available, our best guess is that travel emissions in Grampian are substantial, perhaps 49,000 tonnes CO(2) per year.On the other hand, telehealth might be useful in reducing staff travel and to a lesser extent, visitor travel.It looks particularly promising for reducing outpatient travel, where substantial carbon savings might be made by reconfiguring the way that certain services are provided.

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Affiliation: Scottish Centre for Telehealth, Aberdeen, UK. r_wootton@pobox.com

ABSTRACT
Detailed information about the composition of the carbon footprint of the NHS in the Grampian health region, and in Scotland generally, is not available at present. Based on the limited information available, our best guess is that travel emissions in Grampian are substantial, perhaps 49,000 tonnes CO(2) per year. This is equivalent to 233 million km of car travel per year. A well-established telemedicine network in the Grampian region, which saves over 2000 patient journeys a year from community hospitals, avoids about 260,000 km travel per year, or about 59 tonnes CO(2) per year. Therefore using telehealth as it has been used historically (primarily to facilitate hospital-to-hospital interactions) seems unlikely to have a major environmental impact--although of course there may be other good reasons for persevering with conventional telehealth. On the other hand, telehealth might be useful in reducing staff travel and to a lesser extent, visitor travel. It looks particularly promising for reducing outpatient travel, where substantial carbon savings might be made by reconfiguring the way that certain services are provided.

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NHS (England) – the total CO2 emissions due to travel were 3.4 million tonnes in 20041
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JTT-16-4-015F2: NHS (England) – the total CO2 emissions due to travel were 3.4 million tonnes in 20041

Mentions: The final component of the carbon footprint is due to travel. Here, roughly half of the CO2 emitted is due to staff, either commuting to work or conducting business-related travel (see Figure 2). Most of the rest is due to the patients, although about 10% of the total is due to visitors.1


Environmental aspects of health care in the Grampian NHS region and the place of telehealth.

Wootton R, Tait A, Croft A - J Telemed Telecare (2010)

NHS (England) – the total CO2 emissions due to travel were 3.4 million tonnes in 20041
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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JTT-16-4-015F2: NHS (England) – the total CO2 emissions due to travel were 3.4 million tonnes in 20041
Mentions: The final component of the carbon footprint is due to travel. Here, roughly half of the CO2 emitted is due to staff, either commuting to work or conducting business-related travel (see Figure 2). Most of the rest is due to the patients, although about 10% of the total is due to visitors.1

Bottom Line: Based on the limited information available, our best guess is that travel emissions in Grampian are substantial, perhaps 49,000 tonnes CO(2) per year.On the other hand, telehealth might be useful in reducing staff travel and to a lesser extent, visitor travel.It looks particularly promising for reducing outpatient travel, where substantial carbon savings might be made by reconfiguring the way that certain services are provided.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Scottish Centre for Telehealth, Aberdeen, UK. r_wootton@pobox.com

ABSTRACT
Detailed information about the composition of the carbon footprint of the NHS in the Grampian health region, and in Scotland generally, is not available at present. Based on the limited information available, our best guess is that travel emissions in Grampian are substantial, perhaps 49,000 tonnes CO(2) per year. This is equivalent to 233 million km of car travel per year. A well-established telemedicine network in the Grampian region, which saves over 2000 patient journeys a year from community hospitals, avoids about 260,000 km travel per year, or about 59 tonnes CO(2) per year. Therefore using telehealth as it has been used historically (primarily to facilitate hospital-to-hospital interactions) seems unlikely to have a major environmental impact--although of course there may be other good reasons for persevering with conventional telehealth. On the other hand, telehealth might be useful in reducing staff travel and to a lesser extent, visitor travel. It looks particularly promising for reducing outpatient travel, where substantial carbon savings might be made by reconfiguring the way that certain services are provided.

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