Health trusts win millions for schemes

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Sheffield health trusts have won slices of a £50 million Government fund to cut the NHS energy bill.

Nearly £3 million has been given to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals so the Northern General site in Fir Vale can switch to a cooler hot water system, a move which will save around £810,000 per year.

A scheme to shut down computers automatically across Sheffield Health and Social Care’s facilities when they are not required has been awarded more than £15,926.

The trust is also receiving £150,000 to set up energy-efficient combined heat and power at the Michael Carlisle centre in Nether Edge.

Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter said: “The NHS is one of the largest users of energy in the country, making it increasingly more important to work efficiently to help save the environment, cut energy waste and save money.

“These schemes show a range of innovative ways the NHS can make improvements to help reduce inefficiencies, as well as cutting the energy bill - money that will be reinvested into patient care.”