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Stop smoking on hospital grounds

Doncaster Royal Infirmary

Doncaster Royal Infirmary

Smoking wardens will be operating at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals in a bid to stub out the habit on hospital grounds.

Smokers will be asked to move out of hospital grounds for their cigarettes.

Despite not accepting smoking at Doncaster Royal Infirmary for years, it was previously down to staff to take it upon themselves and ask people not to smoke.

Occasionally, such staff received abuse from smokers, many of whom would be standing next to no-smoking signs while they smoked.

Now with the establishing of the smoking wardens, it is hoped that fewer people will smoke on hospital grounds and that incidents of abuse towards staff will reduce.

Heather Keane, Assistant Director of Nursing for Patient Experience and Quality at the Trust said: “This is not about preaching anti-smoking messages to people, but about people realising that the Trust hospitals are smoke-free environments. Our staff and the public have been consulted on this matter and the vast majority gave it their support, so we are keen to improve the hospital environment for everybody.

“Many people can be seen smoking outside our sites, often close to entrances or under open windows. Cigarette smoke is obviously not something we want floating onto our wards or being breathed by our patients, so we are taking these steps to reinforce the fact that smoking is not allowed on our grounds.

“If people want to smoke, we will be asking them to do so from the nearby public footpaths that are well supplied with bins.

“Not only will this help to improve the air quality in the hospitals, it will improve the look of our sites for our patients and visitors as well as reduce the amount of cleaning up of ash and cigarette stubs that we currently have to do on a daily basis.”

To find out about Stoptober and stopping smoking, people can visit: https://stoptober.nhs.uk/

 

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