Green friendly reusable cups are improving patient recovery times

 A GREEN friendly trial to stop the use of single use plastic cups on a hospital ward by using reusable cups is benefitting the environment and improving patient care.


The short stay unit at the University Hospital of North Tees has been saving as many as 240 cups a day since the initiative started in October.

The trial is part of an overall focus on nutrition in the unit, which has included keeping more information about a patient’s fluid and dietary requirements.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust plans to bring the reusable cups into use across all of its clinical areas over the coming months.

Nanette Parkin, ward matron in the short stay unit, said: “We are delighted with the success of this trial.

“Not only are we benefitting the environment by preventing the use of single use plastic cups but we are saving money for the Trust which can instead go directly back into patient care.

“Patients are also drinking more fluids since the trial began. If you consider that patients who take in more fluids are shown to have a quicker and more successful recovery, this is fantastic news.”

Colin Chapman, head of catering, said: “Every year the Trust uses 1.3million single use plastic cups for patient beverages alone.

“This initiative has shown that by using reusable cups we are not only helping the environment but we are directly benefitting patient care.”

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