Community midwifes will be hitting the road in electric cars in the next few months as part of a new eco initiative.
Bosses at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust have launched a pilot project which will see midwives and the estates service drive electric vehicles in a bid to help the environment.
A number of electric vehicles, including vans and cars, have been leased to the Trust free of charge by local BMW, Nissan and Renault dealerships to help get the project off the group.
At the end of the three months the data, including the savings made and the impact on the environment will be analysed, with a view to the Trust rolling out more electric vehicles in its fleet.
The cars were unveiled at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital yesterday, where they will be based.
Mike Woodruff, consultant orthopaedic surgeon, said: “This really started through the Trust’s consultant advisory leadership course run in conjunction with Liverpool John Moores University. As part of the course consultants were asked to lead a project. This was something I was passionate about doing. There wasn’t a eureka moment, it was something I kept thinking about that wouldn’t go away.
“Our businesses is health, we have an opportunity for the trust to be exemplar in reducing air pollution. For me personally this is the culmination of a year’s hard work which I hope will be the start of a fulfilling mission.”
Community midwife Laura Thorpe said: “I think it is a really good idea. The cars will be fully equipped and charged - the fact they are electric is a bonus.”
“We currently use our own cars and claim for mileage so it will cut down on admin and mean we can spend more time with the patients.”