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NHS buildings in high levels of air pollution

More than 2,000 health centres in Great Britain are in areas which exceed the WHO limits.

The report called ‘Toxic air at the door of the NHS’ shows that 2,220 GP practices and 248 hospitals are in areas that exceed the 10 µ/m³ PM2.5 limit set by the World Health Organisation.

Conducted by the British Lung Foundation (BFL) and Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants (CERC), the study investigated air pollution levels outside 9,988 health centres.

PM2.5 particles are 30 times smaller than a strand of human hair, causing a major issue to people’s health, including the 12 million in the UK who suffer with lung conditions.

Reducing the PM2.5 by 1 µ/m³ in England a year could save the NHS and social care budgets £1.38 billion by 2035. It could also help avoid 40,312 cases of COPD, 9,253 cases of asthma and 4,171 cases of lung cancer.

England has the highest number of health centres in areas with high air pollution in the UK. 1 in 3 GP practices and 1 in 4 break the WHO limit, including all major health trusts in London and 41% of GP practices in Birmingham. 13 out of 14 teaching hospitals and 2 of the biggest children’s hospitals are in these areas.

In Wales, 54 GP practices and 3 hospitals are in areas with high PM2.5, with Cardiff accounting for 26 of these GPs and 2 of the hospitals. Across Scotland, only three health centres are in dangerous levels of air pollution.

Having high levels of air pollution outside of health centres is detrimental to people’s health, especially those who are already vulnerable.

Monitoring air quality levels is a major key in the fight against air pollution.

What Pinacl can offer

Pinacl’s air quality sensors can measure and monitor air pollution levels such as PM2.5, PM10, CO, NO₂ and O₃ as well as temperature, pressure and humidity.

Gathering this data can provide local authorities with the information they need to make informed decisions to reduce these levels.

The data that is gathered is available in real-time, as well as with historical trend data, on an online portal.

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