The health system is taking great strides to mitigate climate change by reducing its emissions and acting more sustainably.
However, this will not protect it from the effects of climate change such as longer and more frequent heat waves, increased flooding, harsher cold snaps and the impact these events will have on healthcare services. During the 2003 European heat wave 35,000 people died, 1500 of whom lived in England. Adapting to climate change is a necessary strategy. It will ensure high quality services are maintained when there is an influx of patients during critical climate events.
To enable the health system to prepare for these events the SDU and its partners have developed updated guidance to help the health system adapt
to climate change.
Adaptation to Climate Change for Health and Social Care organisations
summarises the current knowledge on adapting to climate change in NHS organisations. It describes what climate change adaptation is, why it is a priority for the NHS and how organisations can include adaptation in their Sustainable Development Management Plans (SDMPs).
The issues around heatwaves and building temperature control are covered in a film examining how existing National Health Service hospital architecture may be refurbished to become more resilient to extreme summer heatwaves. The film can be viewed here
Why must the health system adapt to Climate change. Find out more in the latest guidance written by the SDU and its partners.