The HSE annoounced on Ash Wednesday that St Patrick’s Community Hospital Campus Carrick on Shannon including Summerhill Lodge Mental Health Care Centre will become a Smoke Free Campus on 1st April 2015.
This policy will mean that it will no longer be possible to smoke anywhere on the hospital grounds for example entrances, doorways, walkways, internal roads, car parks, mortuary and the garden area.
The policy will apply to all staff, residents, visitors, contractors and anyone who enters the campus grounds.
St Patrick’s Community Hospital is in line with the HSE target of introducing the Smoke Free Campus Policy to all HSE sites by the end of 2015.
Tony Wadd, Director of Nursing at St Patrick’s stated “The introduction of the Smoke Free Campus will provide positive change for the services that are part of the campus.
“It will assure the creation of a healthier tobacco-free environment for our service users/residents, staff and visitors.
“In addition it will provide an example of an environment committed to wellness and prevention, which sends a clear, powerful message that the hospital supports positive health initiatives’.
“People who have a planned admission to the hospital and who currently use tobacco are encouraged to talk to their GP, Pharmacist, health care professional or indeed local smoking cessation officers on the treatments and supports available to them prior to the admission and duration of their stay with us as in patients.
“We advise those being admitted to inform their doctor or nurse of their tobacco use on the day of admission in order to ensure that they will be provided with the necessary advice and supports for their duration in Hospital.”
Those who wish to find out more about support or advice in the community should contact 1850 200 687.