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Medstrom Invests in Green Initiatives to Support the Healthcare Sector

Medstrom Invests in Green Initiatives to Support the Healthcare Sector

The call for sustainability has never been louder. Buoyed by the famous faces, countless documentaries, and even a simple glance out the window, it’s enough to show just how much the environment deserves our immediate attention and corrective actions.


Announcements from the Government have already set the UK on the path to net zero by 2050, with plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissionsby 68% by the end of the decade1.Medstrom is proudly making in-roads towards achieving these goals in the healthcare sector, investing significantly in numerous green initiatives.

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Among the most prominentprojects for the UK-based healthcare manufacturer and supplier is increasing the number of electric vehicles within its fleet. The company has already replaced 50% of its company car fleet with pure electric vehicles and are committed to being completely electric by 2023. The next challenge is the company’s fleet of vans. Medstrom CEO, David Belli, commented

“The aim is to replace our entire fleet ofpetrol and dieselcompany vehicles with clean energy alternativesand having made such great progress with our cars, the conversion of our service vans is the next target.Our technicians are out installing and maintaining essential medical equipmentthroughout the UK and Ireland, so having a green transport network will really help reduce the environmental impact of our business. Testament to our aggressive targets for reductions in emissions and fossil fuel usage”.

Further Government measuresinvolve banning the sale of non-zero emission cars by 20302, and the development of an adequate national charging infrastructure is crucial to encourage the wider spread adoption of electric vehicles.

“There are some obvious opportunities to introduce electric vans immediately, particularly into urban areas like London where the daily mileage is largely fixed and predictable and the vans can be charged at a service centre overnight. In other parts of the country, it is a bit more of a challenge, particularly with vehicles designated for a more reactive and unpredictable24/7 workload to strict delivery deadlines. We are partnering with specialist electric vehicle provider DriveElectric to evaluate the suitability of current technology for our wider fleet and are investing in charging points at company facilities and employees’ homes in readiness for larger scale adoption. There are some very exciting developments with new specialist manufacturers such as Arrival entering the market; together with the rollout of high-speed charging networks across the UK this will hopefully allow us to be 100% electric within the next two to three years.”

Supporting healthcare with renewable targets

Medstrom also plays an active role in supporting healthcare organisations managetheirresources sustainably. In recent years, the NHS has outlined long-term plans targeting key areas such asreduction in carbon footprint, air pollution, water use and waste management3, which has allowed Medstrom to partner with Trusts and collaborate on suitable solutions.

One example is via Medstrom’s decontamination service, that optimises the cleaning and disinfection of medical equipment to keep patients and caregivers safe. This incorporates innovative and highly effective Ozone technology, an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional laundry processes.It works at low or ambient temperatures, using oxygen-rich water to disinfect and destroy 99.999% of harmful micro-organisms, including MRSA, C.difficilesporesand Coronavirus. Helping to deliver outstanding results, whilst reducing energy consumption and eliminating the use of harsh bleaching agents.

In addition, Medstrom has worked closely with healthcare organisations to uniquely manage and recycle redundant medical equipment, such as hospital beds. After coming out of use, the equipment is assessed, repaired and rehomed elsewhere around the world, supporting charities like MAHECAS UK in improving healthcare facilities and patient outcomes.

“To be able to support and enhance the healthcare services in countries like Malawi, whilst reducing the amount of equipment that goes to waste, is great for everyone involved” says David Belli. “The difference this makes to patients is fantastic to see and we are proud to have worked with various Trusts and Health Boards to further this sustainable initiative”.

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