Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s pharmacy, where staff have saved the NHS more than £300,000 in a year by cutting wastage on drugs, has beaten-off competition nationwide to be named Healthcare Recycler of the Year in this year’s prestigious National Recycling Awards.
Winners were announced at a gala presentation in London where organisers, Materials Recycling World, selected the QEH to top the Healthcare category, above seven other short-listed competitors.
The judges said the QEH found “a common sense and revolutionary solution to a thorny problem”.
QEH chief pharmacist, Dr Mojgan Sani said: “We are absolutely delighted with this award because it recognises the efforts of our team to make best use of the NHS budget. We are making significant savings at a time when we need every available penny to go towards patient care.”
A quality assurance programme was set up within pharmacy to enable pharmacy assistant Barbara Simpson to help recycle medicines returned to the pharmacy unused. These now go through a rigorous assessment before they can be put back into the system, and this helped to save around £300,000 worth of medicines each year – stock that might otherwise have to be incinerated.
Pictured back from leftare pharmacy technician Ben Coley, dispensary services manager Anita Franklin and Dr Mojgan Sani, with Barbara Simpson at the front,