Poor air quality is the greatest environmental risk to human health in the UK. Air pollution comes from the combustion of fuels for heat, electricity and transport. It is important to recognise that as an NHS organisation and as NHS employees, we have a role to play in improving air quality for ourselves, our patients and our communities.

Every year we support 'Clean Air Day'. Find out how you can get involved by visiting their website.​

Air quality facts

  • Air pollution causes up to 36,000 deaths each year in the UK
  • Air pollution causes over 20,000 respiratory and cardiovascular hospital admissions each year in the UK
  • Air pollution cost the economy £2.7 billion in 2012
  • Car drivers are exposed to up to nine times as much air pollution as cyclists.
  • One in 20 vehicles on the road is a direct result of NHS activity

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