Sligo Regional Hospital introduce Smoke Free Campus Policy

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Sligo Regional Hospital (SRH) will be introducing a smoke free campus policy on Friday, May 31

Sligo Regional Hospital (SRH) will be introducing a smoke free campus policy on Friday, May 31

The HSE has set a target of introducing the Smoke Free Campus Policy to all healthcare sites by 2015, and we will introduce this policy at Sligo Regional Hospital Campus on Friday, 31st May.

From this date no one will be allowed to smoke anywhere on the hospital grounds including at entrances, doorways, walkways, internal roads, car parks, bicycle shelters etc

The majority of people welcome the initiative both smokers and non smokers. It is particular welcomed by patients who have to visit the hospital on a frequent basis due to their medical condition.

SRH have been fortunate to have two service users agree to be the champion and face for the launch of the smoke free campus date on 31st May.

Michael McGloin, founder of Sligo COPD support group said “Patients suffering with conditions such as COPD, Emphysema, Alpha 1, Cystic Fibrosis and Chronic Asthma, who frequently use services at SRH like me, will benefit hugely from having a smoke free hospital and in particular at the main entrance of SRH.

“For them this will mean not having to walk through puffs of smoke which will leave the majority of patients breathless and unable to breathe.

“In addition it provides an example of an environment committed to wellness and prevention, which sends a clear, powerful message that the hospital supports positive health initiative”.

Pauline Kent, Smoking Cessation Coordinator, SRH, states; “We are serious about treating tobacco use as a health care issue, as an addiction, and not as a lifestyle choice, and we provide support and treatments for people who want or need to quit while as an in patient or following discharge into the community.

“Service users who currently use tobacco are encouraged to talk to their GP or Pharmacist on the treatments and supports available prior to admission.

“We advise those being admitted to inform their doctor or nurse of their tobacco use as early as possible during the admission process.

“We will provide smoking cessation advice, treatment and support to those who want to quit. For those who are not ready to quit on admission, we will provide treatments to assist them to manage their addiction,” she said.