NHS Tayside staff show their support for Clean Air Day

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Staff across Tayside got involved in events and activities to celebrate Clean Air Day on Thursday, 21 June 2018.

The day aims to help people find out more about the issues surrounding air pollution and how they can make a difference to create cleaner air.

Many NHS Tayside staff got involved by enjoying their free piece of fruit in canteens across Tayside. The fruit, which was supplied compliments of Tactran and supported by Stirfresh, was offered to any NHS Tayside staff member who walked, jogged, cycled or travelled actively on their way to work.

Clean Air Day Fruit l-r Aislinn McClure, Daljit Bains and Shona Murray
Catering staff with the Clean Air Day fruit, l-r Aislinn McClure, Daljit Bains and Shona Murray

On Clean Air Day, staff from NHS Tayside joined Dundee City Council colleagues at an information stand near city churches in the Nethergate area of Dundee. Staff were on hand to provide information about air pollution and the health benefits of tackling the issue.

Perth Bike Station and Dr Bike were also there to provide free bike maintenance, as well as electric bike demonstrations. Even the penguins in the Nethergate got involved in Clean Air Day 2018!

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Our staff also showed their support for Clean Air Day by walking, running, jogging or cycling to work.

ENT medical secretary Dawn Mitchell walked into work via Ninewells Avenue and shared some photos of her journey in the sunshine.

Community physiotherapist Matthew Perrott also cycled along the coastal path from Carnoustie to Arbroath and shared a photo of the view.

clean air day - Matthew Perrott

The anaesthetic departments in Ninewells and Stracathro got involved in the day by considering the use of specific gases.

Inhalational anaesthetic drugs play an important role in keeping patients asleep when they are having general anaesthesia. Anaesthetists are able to choose from a variety of different anaesthetic gases and when these gases are used they are expelled into the environment, and play a small role in the accumulation of greenhouse gases and global warming. On Clean Air Day, the anaesthetic department chose gases and other ways of delivering anaesthesia which have less impact on the environment.

Colleagues in Perth and Kinross Council also showed their support for Clean Air Day when local councillors travelled to their full council meeting in active ways. One councillor even road tested a new electric bike.

Speciality Registrar in Public Health Dr Emily Stevenson said, “We were delighted to see so many people across Tayside getting involved in Clean Air Day 2018.

“There are lots of simple things we can do to improve air quality and look after our own and other people’s health.

“People can make small changes to help reduce air pollution and create cleaner and more liveable cities, such as using public transport or cycling and walking instead of taking a car. Choosing to travel by bike or by foot can also provide health benefits for people.”

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Speciality Registrar in Public Health Dr Emily Stevenson

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