BMI Healthcare, the UK’s largest network of private hospitals, is ending the use of plastic and non-recyclable cups in each of its 58 hospitals and clinics across England, Wales and Scotland.
Altogether, the hospital group uses around 4 million single-use disposable coffee/tea cups and a further 1.2 million water cups, each year. By the end of November 2018, patients and visitors will instead be offered recyclable paper water cups and compostable paper coffee cups, which break down within 30 days after use, leaving no adverse effects on the environment.
Jason Hession, Head of Hotel Services for BMI Healthcare, said: “Our previous tea and coffee cups were either Styrofoam or double-walled plastic-lined cups, while our water cups were plastic. None of these break down properly in the environment and we at BMI Healthcare share concerns over the effects of plastic on our wildlife, our oceans and in the food that we eat. By moving to the new recyclable cups, we hope to contribute to the long-term health of our planet and hope we inspire others to do the same. And, of course, we will continue to use, wash and re-use crockery as far as possible.”
The new cups are the latest in a company-wide drive to replace non-essential single-use plastics. BMI Healthcare has already replaced plastic spoons with wooden stirrers, and plastic cutlery with bamboo knives, forks and spoons.
About BMI Healthcare
Established in 1970, BMI Healthcare is the UK’s largest independent provider of private healthcare with 58 hospitals and healthcare facilities. More than 7,000 consultants practice at BMI hospitals, which handle more than 2m patient visits a year.
An independent survey of 116,747 patients carried out by Quality Health, the same company which assesses patient satisfaction within the NHS, between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017, showed that 98.5% would recommend their hospital to their families and friends. 95.2% rated the overall quality of their nursing care as excellent or very good, 95.2% said that their hospital’s diagnostic imaging met or exceeded their expectations and 98.3% would apply the same rating to their experience of physiotherapy.
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