Powering Patient Care Sustainably

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Powering Patient Care Sustainably

What keeps Chase Farm Hospital (CFH) running? We journeyed into CFHs state-of-the-art energy centre, which is managed by Dalkia, to meet Lee Eastment (Technical Supervisor) and find out more.

In July 2023, the Imtech group company rebranded to Dalkia.

Chase Farm Hospital is part of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust group offering a wide range of medical services. Previously a maternity building, the energy centre supplies heat, cooling water and power across the site and is a lifeline for the hospital.

It is also extremely energy efficient. A gas-fired combined heat and power unit provides heating and power with thermal stores to maximise efficiency. The centre generates enough energy for the entire hospital, the nearby Highlands carpark, and has the capacity to support future expansion.

We take sustainable development very seriously, and this energy centre is an exceptional example of our long-term vision. It actively contributes to reducing costs and improving our healthcare facilities.

Graham Bland, Estates Manager, RFL Property Services

Any unused power is redirected to the national grid. This export of electricity generates a saving benefit to the savings benefit to the trust and the Carbon Energy Fund. The energy centre also reduces the trust’s greenhouse gas emissions, resulting in a carbon saving of 116 tonnes per year.

Meeting the day to day demands, Lee’s role is crucial in maintaining the operations of the hospital allowing excellent care to their patients. Lee carries a wealth of knowledge of the site having worked at the centre since the redevelopment of CFH finished in 2018.

I’ve been here since day one. It has been like seeing the birth of a child watching it grow. I’m really passionate about the centre and the energy efficient solutions we deliver. I am so proud of what I have achieved and produced and being able to show the standard of services that Dalkia are capable of providing,” commented Lee.

All the oil is recycled. A company comes in and takes this away to be re-used,” Lee explains. The centre was set up with the support of the Carbon Energy Fund and is recognised for its efficiency and low carbon status. Last year, the centre won an environmental protection agency award for minimising the impact of a local oil spill.

Photo Credit: David Bishop at the Royal Free London

Added on
10 May 2022

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