Wye Valley NHS Trust has taken another significant step forward on its journey towards zero carbon with a brand new Energy Centre at the County Hospital.

The Trust is already fossil-fuel free in a number of its ancillary buildings on the site following the construction of a large ground-source heat pump which went live in 2022.

The new Energy Centre will house six air-source and three water-to-water source heat pumps which will provide heating and hot water for the main hospital building, and further ancillary buildings via a new low temperature hot water (LTHW) network to further reduce the reliance on fossil fuel at the site.

Alan Dawson, the Trust’s chief strategy and planning officer, said:

“We are already considered a pace-setter across the NHS in terms of carbon reduction with the work that has already taken place.

“This upgrading of the hospital’s heat energy system will deliver a significant reduction in CO2 emissions, reducing the hospital’s carbon footprint and contributing to the battle to combat climate change.”

Alan added that the contractors will make every effort to minimise disruption to patients, local residents, hospital visitors and staff during the construction of the centre.

“It’s important to highlight the construction and operation of the Energy Centre will not affect the day-to-day running of the hospital which will continue as normal,” added Alan.