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UHNM Net Zero Commitment, Fegg Hayes Community Lounge, Electrically Powered Vehicles in NUL, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)

Written by on 6 February 2024

University Hospitals of North Midlands will start work this week on its commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2040.

The Trust’s Estates, Capital Development and Transformation and Sustainability teams will begin a two-year project to reduce carbon emissions at the Royal Stoke University Hospital by replacing four large industrial boilers used to heat the hospital with local Air Source Heat Pumps and replace gas-fuelled steam production with local electrical generated steam.

Work to install the heat pumps as well as almost 100 solar panels on the roof of two buildings will start on Friday, increasing efficiency and helping UHNM to meet the national targets of reducing carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2028.

Work is already underway to install energy-saving LED lights in three buildings on site.

The project has been made possible thanks to a £5.4 million Decarbonisation Scheme grant from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

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A Community Lounge based in Fegg Hayes, launches today.  The Hub @ ST6 based on Fegg Hayes Road will provide a place for residents, families and individuals to gain local advice and support on a wide range of topics including finance, mental health, carer support, employment training and independent living.

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A new fleet of maintenance vehicles will be electrically powered to help Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council move towards its net zero carbon emissions target by 2030.

The authority is proposing to replace its current ‘StreetScene’ fleet of pick-up trucks and vehicles with an electric fleet as the current ones are ageing and need to be replaced before maintenance costs start to rise.

The current fleet, used for street cleaning, clearing fly tipping and other borough maintenance, were bought by the council in 2016 when there were no electronically powered pickups available at an economic price.

With positive alternatives now available, the borough council is investing £420,000 in six replacement EV pickups to decarbonise its operations.

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A revolutionary procedure at University Hospitals of North Midlands is throwing a lifeline to hundreds of patients each year who are unable to have open-heart surgery.

450 patients received a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) during 2023 at UHNM’s Cardiology Department, the most ever in a single year.

The treatment involves implanting a new aortic valve into older and high-risk patients who aren’t well enough to have open-heart surgery.

Only 35 heart centres in the UK offer this specialist intervention, with last year’s figures ranking UHNM in the top three performing centres.