Health Trust goes totally smoke free

Altnagelvin Hospital.
Altnagelvin Hospital.
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Smoking has been officially stubbed out across the Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT).

From today, No Smoking Day, smoking is not permitted anywhere on the Trust’s grounds or premises. This includes buildings, entrances, doorways, pavements, internal roads, bus / bicycle shelters, cars and car parks.

Smoking is not allowed on site for patients, service users, staff, members of the public and contracted workers.

WHSCT Chief Executive Elaine Way said: “A smoking ban is now officially in place which is in line with regional guidelines which state all Trusts should be Smokefree by 2015.

“As a leading Health and Social Care organisation, we should be encouraging a healthier lifestyle for the public, our patients and staff and smoking is not part of this. I understand how difficult it is to quit and we are committed to doing everything we can do to support staff and patients to successfully quit. It is only right and proper that as a health promoting organisation, we lead by example, and make the Western Trust a smoke-free campus. We want to encourage a cultural shift, so it becomes unthinkable that anyone - staff, patients or visitors would smoke on a Western Trust site.”

The Trust’s main sites have also been decorated with bright red posters encouraging people to maintain our smokefree sites. This bold campaign to put a stop to second hand smoke on Western Trust sites has been widely welcomed by doctors, nurses, patients, visitors and partner organisations.

Ms Way continued: “One of our new Smokefree poster slogans states: ‘I didn’t choose to be asthmatic, but you can choose not to smoke’ This quote from 12 year old Rebecca Lee, who recently attended the South West Acute Hospital Children’s Ward, demonstrates one of the reasons why we are going Smokefree -it is patients like Rebecca, who I feel will really benefit from this change.

“Our Smokefree future starts today.”

If you want to give up smoking, the Western Trust Stop Smoking Service can give you free advice and support to help you quit – just phone 0800 917 9388. There are drop-in stop smoking clinics based in your local community and you’re four times more likely to quit with the help of the Smokefree service.