We focus on four complex health issues more prevalent in urban areas
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Health effects of air pollution
With Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
Partner: Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Funding amount: £155,000
Duration: May 2020 – April 2022
Programme: health effects of air pollution
Our long-term vision is to scope a multi-year programme of work with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust on air pollution.
At this stage, we believe a design-led approach will be an effective way to engage broadly across the hospital and ensure that the solutions we invest in are addressing clearly defined problems.
To do this, we’ve funded an Air Quality Manager at the Trust, Tanja Dalle-Muenchmeyer, for 18 months to develop a strategy and projects to better protect patients, staff and local communities from air pollution. Some of the areas that will be explored are:
Staff and patient engagement to further their understanding of air pollution as well as actions that can be taken individually to reduce local pollution levels and limit exposure.
We would hope to be able to answer some key questions for our programme, such as:
We know the hospitals support the groups that we think are disproportionately affected by air pollution. Our current assumption is that the majority of people spend only limited time in these environments and therefore the hospital environment is likely to be responsible for a small proportion of people’s total exposure. However, they are important advocates for the health of these groups.
There is a growing focus on the role of the NHS as anchor organisations within communities. This includes looking at their own supply chain and operations to minimise the environmental impact they have. It is one of the largest employers and businesses in the boroughs with over 17,000 staff.
Lastly, we think there is a long-term opportunity to support the Trust to become a clean air exemplar. The Trust’s main sites are in some of the most polluted areas of London for both nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter, and are above the WHO guidance on safe levels of air pollution.
The Trust provide a full range of hospital services and have integrated community services in Lambeth and Southwark
Ben Pearce leads on our work to find solutions to air pollution
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