Clyde Munro saves over 160,000 sheets of paper after embarking upon eco-drive

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Scotland’s largest dental chain, Clyde Munro, has already saved over 160,000 sheets of paper after embarking upon an eco-drive earlier this year.

The firm is embracing greenery ways of working and is already saving the equivalent of four trees’ worth of paper per month. Between April and July this year, practices replaced 164,000 paper forms with digital versions. The move is part of an initiative called the Paperless Patient Journey and encourages patients to use electronic communications and practices to reduce paper usage.

Clyde Munro has been working with software companies to decrease paper usage and create a greener patient platform, which enables patients to complete tasks and communicate with practice staff without using paper.

The Paperless Patient Journey programme is part of a wider commitment to reducing waste, recycling and repurposing and encouraging practices to go green.

Head of commercial finance and lead on the Paperless Patient Journey project, Amy Reilly, said that cutting paper usage benefits the environment, reduces waste, lowers carbon emissions and limits air and water pollution. Practice teams are currently contacting patients who haven’t yet provided phone numbers and email addresses to encourage them to share this information to allow for digital communication.

As well as reducing paper usage, paperless forms also help staff to comply with Covid-safe regulations. The online platform is designed to be easy to use and patients can contact their local practice if they have any queries or concerns about the new systems. As part of the initiative, patients will receive email and text reminders, rather than letters and they can also sign consent forms and provide personal information and contact details digitally.

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