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Cutting energy costs

Poole Hospital has signed a major energy performance contract with British Gas which will reduce the hospital energy costs by nearly 25 per cent and improve the internal environment for patients, staff and visitors.

The multi-million pound deal includes a new emergency generator system which will enable the hospital to continue to fully function throughout any power cut. A new combined heat and power unit will be installed to provide up to half of the daily electricity used on site and heat for the main buildings.

Other measures include seeing interior and external lighting replaced, the introduction of heat recovery on ventilation systems, new heating and steam boilers and the installation of solar panels.

The first sign of the new deal will be seen in the Trust car park and around the hospital as lighting is replaced in the coming months. As well as using energy more efficiently, the improvement in external lighting should improve safety.

British Gas will use a £7.5m capital investment by the Trust to manage the transformation of the hospital’s power and heating systems, guaranteeing the reduction in energy costs.

Poole Hospital spends around £2m on energy and power annually, so savings of this magnitude will pay for the capital investment over the life of the 15 year contract.

The new deal comes after months of negotiation and planning by the Trust’s procurement and estates teams and will ensure that the Hospital has access to the best advice in its use of energy.

Director of Strategy Paul Miller said: “This is an outstanding deal for patients and staff. It will make a real difference to the hospital environment  and shows how the hospital is working with suppliers to ensure the best possible value from investment, while keeping running costs as low as possible.”

Date:  September 22 2015

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