July 29, 2008

Rugby Star Touches Down at Hospital

FORMER Scotland and British Lions rugby star Gregor Townsend visited St John's Hospital to present bosses with an award.

The Livingston hospital became the first in Scotland to receive a Healthy Working Lives Gold Award, in recognition of the work that has been done to make the hospital a healthier workplace.

It offers stop-smoking sessions, makes fresh fruit widely available and offers health and lifestyle checks to staff.

NHS Lothian also became the first health board in Scotland to receive a Healthy Living Award in 2006, in recognition of the food served at St John's.

Staff are also encouraged to make informed lifestyle choices through the promotion of health improvement programmes.

Dr Charles Winstanley, chairman of NHS Lothian, said: "It is fantastic that the hard work being done at St John's Hospital has been recognised by the Healthy Working Lives Gold Award.

"Harvesting rainwater to use in our laundry system is just one of a number of eco-friendly initiatives we have introduced at St John's Hospital. High-efficiency boilers, automatic heating and ventilation controls, and automatic or high efficiency lighting, have also been installed to help improve our energy efficiency."

Steve Bell, strategic director for the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives, added: "St John's Hospital is a fantastic example of what can be achieved."

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