Forging a partnership in patient care

How we helped a major hospital to cut its energy costs and meet tough new environmental targets.

  • £420,000 annual cost savings
  • 23% reduction in CO2
  • 15 years energy performance contract

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is a large, acute general hospital on the south coast of England. Saddled with ageing equipment and a maintenance backlog, it was struggling to manage its energy needs.

But by working in partnership with Centrica Business Solutions, the Trust was able to make major upgrades which will cut costs and energy consumption, while releasing funds for investment in the most important thing – patient care.

The £6.7 million project included a new Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit, new standby generator and controls, steam generators and boilers, an upgraded air handling unit, and improved lighting both internally and externally.

Some of the results were immediate. Overall energy demand at the hospital fell by 29%. The project is expected to deliver annual cost savings of £420,000, and a carbon reduction of 23%. And the savings are expected to grow every year in line with fuel costs and carbon targets.

Poole Hospital now has a fit-for-purpose energy infrastructure that it can depend on for decades to come. What’s more, we handed over the project on time and with no interruption to clinical services.