Sligo Regional Hospital (SRH) will be introducing a smoke free campus policy on 31st May 2013.
From this date it will no longer be permissible to smoke anywhere on the hospital grounds; for example entrances, doorways, walkways, internal roads, car parks, bicycle shelters etc.
The Smoke Free Campus policy will apply to all staff, patients, visitors, contractors and anyone who enters the hospital campus or buildings. This will ensure that as a Health Promoting Hospital we will have a safer and cleaner environment for all and better health outcomes for patients and staff.
As part of the National Tobacco Control Framework the HSE has committed to making all HSE workplaces and campuses smoke free by 2015 however it has recommended that all acute hospital sites such as SRH should be smoke free by the end of 2013.
The smoking cessation services in both SRH and the community have experienced staff available who offer free support and treatment to patients / staff/ public who wish to stop smoking or who wish to manage their addiction during their hospital stay.
Grainne Mc Cann, General Manager SRH, says; “A number of hospitals have already successfully implemented a smoke free campus including Letterkenny General Hospital, Galway University Hospitals, Mid West Regional Hospitals, St Vincent’s University Hospital, and Cork University Hospital.
“The experience of the other hospitals has been very positive and based on a survey of patients and staff of SRH, we know that the majority of people will support the implementation of this new policy and help create a safer, cleaner environment for patients, visitors and staff.”