The Green Healthcare Programme (GHCP) has developed a Case Study on Minimising Healthcare Risk Waste Reduction and Maximising Recycling in Theatre in Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore.
Midlands Regional Hospital Tullamore is a 237 bed acute hospital providing a wide range of services including general and emergency medicine, surgery, and oncology services. Midlands Hospital Tullamore joined the Green Healthcare Programme (GHP) in 2011 with a focus on waste segregation and clinical waste minimisation.
This case study outlines the steps taken by the hospital to implement a successful programme in their Theatre to minimise healthcare risk waste and increase recycling, including:
- Training of staff and highlighting cost savings
- Clear identification of what can be placed in recycling bins
- Healthcare risk waste classification procedures
- Positioning of all waste bins
The Case Study gives information on how the waste segregation programme was set up, and the key points on how to implement such a successful programme, as well as outlining the results of the programme and benchmarking data across actute hospitals in Ireland.
Across the hospital, Midlands Tullamore produces 0.5 kg less healthcare risk waste per bed day than the average GHCP facility. This equates to savings in the region of €26,000 per annum, compared to the average acute facility.