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Emissions from NHS spark bid as Highland medics hope to lead the way on reducing the impact of healthcare on the climate


By Louise Glen

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Kristina High at the Climate Clinic. Picture: Callum Mackay
Kristina High at the Climate Clinic. Picture: Callum Mackay

Highland medics hope to lead the way on reducing the impact of healthcare on the climate.

A group of concerned health practitioners want the public to think differently about climate change – and the ways in which adapting the way we live, and eat, can have long-term health benefits as well as reducing our impact on the environment.

Kristina High, a consultant anaesthetist at NHS Highland, is one of a number of professionals who have joined Highland Healthcare for Climate Action.

She said there was much to do within the NHS to reduce its consumption and it was looking at ways to review its toll on the environment.

From reducing the way in which people have to travel to appointments to making sure the service procures what it needs as close as home to possible – she said much was yet to be done.

She said: “Come and see us on the High Street where we will be running a stall in Inverness until November 13, to raise awareness on why the environmental crisis is a health crisis, and how measures to mitigate the climate crisis will also be beneficial to people’s health.

“We would also like people to feel they can come and discuss their anxieties as regards the environmental crisis. Adapting the way in which we live can make us healthier, and it can be fun.”


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