The Trust is joining partners across City and Hackney by supporting Clean Air Day on June 20, 2019.
Clean Air Day aims to help people find out more about air pollution, share information with friends and colleagues, and play their own part in making the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.
Health and social care teams in City & Hackney are being asked to lead the way by making a pledge to take direct, individual action in the effort towards cleaner air – and help reduce the harm it causes to health, wellbeing and the environment.
People who live, visit or work across the two boroughs are also being asked to join the effort, making pledges and taking direct action, sharing conversations in the community and online about reducing air pollution.
The Trust and partners - including NHS City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), London Borough of Hackney, City of London Corporation, Homerton Hospital, East London NHS Foundation Trust, VCSE organisations and City and Hackney GP Confederation practice members – already work together to improve health and wellbeing in the community – with various initiatives underway to tackle air pollution.
These include limiting transport emissions; using low emission fleets and pool cars; and, providing more care options closer to home, to stop unnecessary travel to hospital sites by patients.
Health organisations have also been working closely with Hackney Council, to deliver new electric vehicles and electric charging points at Homerton Hospital, as well as improvements to walking routes to the hospital. This is in addition to the Council’s other work to tackle poor air quality, including Ultra Low Emissions Streets, School Streets and planting 1,000 extra trees across the borough
According to King’s College London, poor air quality causes around 10,000 premature deaths in London every year.
Staff and service users are being encouraged to make a Clean Air Day Campaign pledge – demonstrating how they will support the campaign.
They will be shared on Twitter through @nhs_elft and @CityHackneyCCG with the hashtags #cleanairday #airpollution #stayhealthy.
Visit the Clean Air Day website for more information.