YORK medical bosses have commended the work of a medical practice which has signed up to an initiative to become more environmentally friendly.

The NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has commended the work of the Bishopthorpe and Copmanthorpe-based Old School Medical Practice Group, for it ‘Green Impact for Health’ which focuses on cutting GP surgeries’ carbon emissions and becoming more environmentally friendly.

The ‘Green Impact for Health’ is run by the Royal College of General Practitioners and has been designed to help general practice reduce their environmental impact, for example by increasing plastic recycling, whilst also reducing their practice expenses.

The Old School Medical Practice Group run a green blog on their website which covers their journey towards improved sustainability and shares ideas about how our reliance on plastic can be reduced – such as only purchasing recyclable plastic spoons and syringes that accompany paracetamol products.

The practice is due to receive a bronze award for their work in the spring, and are encouraging other GP practices across the Vale of York to sign up to the ‘Green Impact for Health’.

Dr Andrew Lee of the CCG said: “It is brilliant to see one of our GP partners making such good progress in improving their sustainability."

Visit www.osmp.co.uk/blog.