Horton General Hospital is set for a greener future following the completion of a decarbonisation and energy efficiency scheme.

A projected 1,200 tonnes of carbon will be saved every year at the Banbury hospital as a result of the scheme.

The £6.5m project, spearheaded by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, focused on insulation upgrades, energy efficient heating and ventilation system improvements, and heat pumps and solar panels.

Newly installed efficient pipework and an upgraded electrical supply are set to improve energy consumption and heat controls and also cut energy related costs.

Jeenash Mistry, head of estates and facilities at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "The completion of the decarbonisation project at the Horton General Hospital represents a huge achievement by all those involved to get the job finished on time and with minimum disruption to patient care in the hospital.

"The project has significantly updated the Horton’s energy and heating infrastructure and we are looking forward to seeing the data on financial and carbon savings."

She added patients, staff and visitors are "already feeling the difference with more efficient heating and improved controls".

There is a similar, but larger, project taking place at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, which upon completion at the end of 2025, is expected to save around 4,000 tonnes of carbon annually.