Hospital wins top award for sustainable transport

Weston General Hospital has been celebrated for its sustainable travel efforts at the Travelwest Sustainable Travel Business Awards (Thursday, 26 November). 

The hospital, which is run by Weston Area Health NHS Trust, picked up a prestigious ‘Silver Accreditation’ at the awards ceremony for its work encouraging staff to use environmentally friendly transport. 

Judges praised the Trust for overcoming the challenging travel needs of shift-working staff, and facilitating a variety of travel options for staff including those who commute into Weston. 

Some of the initiatives the Trust has introduced are the provision of secure cycle storage for staff, sustainable travel roadshows and cycle to work schemes as well as eco driving lessons. 

The awards, which were held at the Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare, are in their fourth year and are organised by North Somerset Council, South Gloucestershire Council, Bristol City Council and Bath and North Somerset Council. 

Sheridan Flavin, Director of Human Resources at the Trust said: “We’re really proud to receive this accreditation because we are committed to encouraging our staff to use sustainable transport. 

“The increase in staff walking, cycling and using public transport to work demonstrates that the Trust’s travel initiatives are working effectively and this accreditation is a recognition that we are doing our part to help build a sustainable future in North Somerset.”