Sherborne (01935 816228):

Weekday: 8:30am to 6:00pm | Saturday: Closed Sunday: Closed

Yeovil (01935 474415):

Weekday: 8:30am to 6:00pm (open until 8pm Tuesday & Thursday) | Saturday: 9am to 2pm | Sunday: 9am to 12pm

Work towards making change

We aim to work together not only as a practice but with our wider community to affect as much change as possible.

Change in not only the way we do things now but the way in which we intend to do things in the future.

This may mean some changes to the way we do things and in the way we provide medications and services but please do not only bare with us but join us in supporting our planet now and for generations to come.

What are we doing to make a difference?

Our progress so far...

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Increased use of sustainable products
  • Reduction of use of single-use plastic-backed ‘incontinence pads’ though purchase of reusable incontinence pads and dental mats
  • Use of products made from recycled materials where possible
  • Switched to purchase of blue roll without plastic wrapping
  • Replaced ‘traditional’ buster collars with Green-Col recyclable collars
  • Switched to reusable cloths for cleaning
Improved waste management
  • New recycling bins ordered and placed in all rooms for improved waste segregation
  • Use of ‘Reworked’ recycling scheme for recycling of all PPE and soft plastics
  • Rinsing and recycling of pet food pouches
  • Improved signage to optimise waste streams
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Moving towards paperless systems & reduced energy usage
  • New pre-operative information sheets being sent electronically rather than printed
  • Increased use of Petsapp for electronic communication
  • Reduction in the amount of bedding/blankets being laundered through responsible use and by purchase of a hot-air blanket for patient warming
  • LED lightbulb policy: replacement of exhausted bulbs with LED alternatives
  • Instalment of motion-sensor lighting in the basement to avoid lights being left switched on
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Our Green Team is working hard on....

Future projects

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Bee Friendly!

Over the course of 2023, we are sewing bee-friendly seeds in our garden and ground at Yeovil to help provide an environment for these important little visitors.

Sustainable staff fuelling!

We are switching to an alternative milk supplier to avoid the purchase of plastic milk bottles whilst keeping our staff well supplied in teas and coffees

Reduction in volatile anaesthetics

The inhaled anaesthetic agent we use for our patients is a greenhouse gas called isoflurane. We are aiming to reduce the amount of gas we use through staff training and implementation of 'low-flow anaesthesia'. We are also looking at possible alternatives to isoflurane and other ways to minimise the impact of our anaesthetic practices on the environment.

Clinical waste management changes.

Our current clinical waste management involves incineration of the plastic containers, in which the waste is collected. We are investigating switching to a more environmentally-friendly cardboard alternative for this.

Our goals and objectives

Sustainability objectives

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Our primary objectives have been set with the aim of achieving these goals by the end of 2023

  • Increased use of sustainable consumables

  • Ensure correct waste management

  • Increased use of paperless systems

  • Reduction of our use of volatile anaesthetic gases

We are also working on the following

  • Assess the environmental impact and carbon footprint across all aspects of our company
  • Work with suppliers to reduce the environmental impact of procured products
  • Reduce waste
  • Reduce energy usage
  • Continue staff training and education
  • Work towards the Silver Accreditation for Investors in the Environment
We will continually review and refine our objectives in line with current recommendations and guidelines.
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