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So long, smoke!

Posted: 29 September 2017
Jodi-Ann Gayle, communications officer

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust is pleased to announce that we are smokefree. This means that from 1 October 2017, staff, patients and visitors are not allowed to smoke on hospital grounds.

Our decision to go smokefree reflects our mission to ensure the health and wellbeing of all our patients, their visitors and our staff. Smoking is the single greatest cause of preventable ill health and so we would like to shelter individuals from smoking itself and harmful passive smoking.

We want to ensure that we promote a healthy lifestyle, not just for our patients and their visitors, but also for our staff. We want all of our service users and our staff to visit and work in the safest and healthiest possible environment.

With the help of our estates team, we have removed the smoking shelters and stub bins. We have also improved our no smoking signs.

We are providing advice and support to all patients that come into our care by asking their smoking status, and offering them aids to stop smoking, including nicotine replacement therapy.

Dr Abi Jackson, respiratory consultant said: “I am very pleased that our trust has decided to make this leap to go properly smokefree. Smoking is addictive and responsible for so many health problems, both in smokers and passive smokers, and we are saying it’s not ok to smoke in or around our hospitals. I look forward our community reaping the benefits of a smokefree hospital environment.”

Katie Fisher, chief executive, said: “Going smokefree adds a big step towards achieving our vision of providing the very best care for every patient, every day. Our staff, patients and visitors will no longer have to walk through clouds of smoke, creating a cleaner, safer and healthier environment for everyone.”

Professor Steve Barnett, chairman of the trust, said: “We know being a smokefree trust won’t happen overnight but we have everything in place to ensure our smokefree policy is implemented as we are determined to provide a smokefree environment for the people we care for. And we hope the public will support us as we start this journey.”

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  1. For more information, please contact Jodi-Ann Gayle, communications officer in the Trust’s communications department on telephone: 01923 436 280 or email: info@whht.nhs.uk. Out of hours, please call 07900 228 031.
  2. West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute trust serving people from across Hertfordshire, north London and further afield. It operates from three sites at Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead hospitals and sees about 600,000 patients a year. We are one of the largest employers locally, with around 4,500 staff and volunteers.