Smoking ban to be strictly enforced in Wirral hospitals

Wirral Globe: Smoking ban to be strictly enforced in Wirral hospitals Smoking ban to be strictly enforced in Wirral hospitals

A BAN on smoking is to be strictly enforced in Wirral hospitals from next week.

Staff and visitors will not be allowed to smoke on the premises or grounds as part of a new public health campaign.

The ban, coming into force on Monday, February 3, also applies to Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and East Cheshire NHS Trust.

Fiona Johnstone, Wirral council’s director of public health, said: “Tobacco smoking is the main cause of preventable and premature death in the UK – and the NHS spends £2.7bn a year treating smoking-related illnesses.

“I am delighted that local NHS Trusts are taking this approach to protect the health of people who use, and work in, their services.

“Allowing smoking within hospital grounds and not supporting people who use NHS services to manage their nicotine dependency gives confusing messages.

“No level of smoking or second-hand smoke is safe.

“The NHS has encouraged people not to smoke on their premises for some time, but the message now is clear: ‘you can’t smoke in these hospital sites’”

Ms Johnston said people with nicotine dependency will be offered help and encouraged to access specialist support services.

“Hopefully many people will go on to give up smoking for good and fully realise the health and social benefits of this,” she said.

The campaign has been launched by Public Health Wirral with local NHS Trusts and Heart of Mersey.

The move coincides with the publication in late November of public health guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

This guidance recommends all NHS hospitals and clinics take appropriate action to assist a safe, smokefree environment for all.

In a statement, Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: "Smoking is prohibited in Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge Hospital grounds.  Over the previous twelve months we have had a high profile campaign running throughout our hospitals which offers encouragement, advice and support for patients, visitors and staff to stop smoking.

"Any staff who are identified smoking in our hospital grounds will be subject to appropriate action. 

"Patients and visitors who smoke on the premises will be approached, asked to stop and appropriate advice given but we will be mindful of any distress or vulnerable condition they may be in."

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5:57pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Arris1 says...

"This guidance recommends all NHS hospitals and clinics take appropriate action to assist a safe, smokefree environment for all."
Assist not enforce!
Fiona Johnstone just doesn't get it does she? If someone wants to smoke they will, either by finding a cubby hole (like a linen cupboard) or by going out to the main road. What a civilised society we live in when we make sick people stand in their pajamas in the rain. I'm sure the heroin addicts will still get their methadone and the obese patients will get their ice buns!
And no, I don't smoke, I am a realist!
"This guidance recommends all NHS hospitals and clinics take appropriate action to assist a safe, smokefree environment for all." Assist not enforce! Fiona Johnstone just doesn't get it does she? If someone wants to smoke they will, either by finding a cubby hole (like a linen cupboard) or by going out to the main road. What a civilised society we live in when we make sick people stand in their pajamas in the rain. I'm sure the heroin addicts will still get their methadone and the obese patients will get their ice buns! And no, I don't smoke, I am a realist! Arris1

7:13pm Mon 27 Jan 14

spamfiend says...

What I am intrigued to know is what is the punishment going to be for those caught going behind the bike sheds? Heavy handed security perhaps?? All that will happen is you will find an exodus of patients, staff and visitors standing on the main road having their smoke before returning to the grounds. Whilst I commend the intention, the implementation is not going to be easy and there will be lots of problems here.
What I am intrigued to know is what is the punishment going to be for those caught going behind the bike sheds? Heavy handed security perhaps?? All that will happen is you will find an exodus of patients, staff and visitors standing on the main road having their smoke before returning to the grounds. Whilst I commend the intention, the implementation is not going to be easy and there will be lots of problems here. spamfiend

7:13pm Mon 27 Jan 14

spamfiend says...

What I am intrigued to know is what is the punishment going to be for those caught going behind the bike sheds? Heavy handed security perhaps?? All that will happen is you will find an exodus of patients, staff and visitors standing on the main road having their smoke before returning to the grounds. Whilst I commend the intention, the implementation is not going to be easy and there will be lots of problems here.
What I am intrigued to know is what is the punishment going to be for those caught going behind the bike sheds? Heavy handed security perhaps?? All that will happen is you will find an exodus of patients, staff and visitors standing on the main road having their smoke before returning to the grounds. Whilst I commend the intention, the implementation is not going to be easy and there will be lots of problems here. spamfiend

11:17pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Jimrob says...

"Fiona Johnstone, Wirral council’s director of public health, said: “Tobacco smoking is the main cause of preventable and premature death in the UK – and the NHS spends £2.7bn a year treating smoking-related illnesses."

Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.....

http://www.the-tma.o
rg.uk/tma-publicatio
ns-research/facts-fi
gures/tax-revenue-fr
om-tobacco/

As you can see from the Governments OWN figures. It raised £12.3Billion from the sale of tobacco and tobacco products in the UK last year alone.

Perhaps idiots like Fiona Johnstone would feel much better when everyone has to pack in fags and she is unemployed !!!
"Fiona Johnstone, Wirral council’s director of public health, said: “Tobacco smoking is the main cause of preventable and premature death in the UK – and the NHS spends £2.7bn a year treating smoking-related illnesses." Talk about biting the hand that feeds you..... http://www.the-tma.o rg.uk/tma-publicatio ns-research/facts-fi gures/tax-revenue-fr om-tobacco/ As you can see from the Governments OWN figures. It raised £12.3Billion from the sale of tobacco and tobacco products in the UK last year alone. Perhaps idiots like Fiona Johnstone would feel much better when everyone has to pack in fags and she is unemployed !!! Jimrob

10:50am Tue 28 Jan 14

bigfoot says...

As long as it stops having to run the gauntlet of smokers in night attire
accompanied by their intravenous drips!
As long as it stops having to run the gauntlet of smokers in night attire accompanied by their intravenous drips! bigfoot

10:51am Tue 28 Jan 14

unna12 says...

Good, im sick of having to hold my breather while walking through clouds of smoke, i have seen people out there with oxygen tanks on the back of their chair smoking ! if it stops a couple then some goods been done, im an ex smoker and i certainly wouldnt have walked to the main road to smoke, then again your average chav will be happy to as pygamas are daily wear now,
Good, im sick of having to hold my breather while walking through clouds of smoke, i have seen people out there with oxygen tanks on the back of their chair smoking ! if it stops a couple then some goods been done, im an ex smoker and i certainly wouldnt have walked to the main road to smoke, then again your average chav will be happy to as pygamas are daily wear now, unna12

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