St Patrick’s Community Hospital Campus, Carrick-on-Shannon including Summerhill Lodge Mental Health Care Centre launched its smoke free campus policy on Wednesday last, April 1.
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 residents, service users, visitors, staff, external contractors, volunteers, students on placement 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 healthcare 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.
“We recognise that the new policy is challenging for some residents and staff and we are providing supports for these residents and staff while also encouraging all residents and staff to adopt healthier tobacco-free lifestyles in order to decrease the incidence of smoking related disease.”
The HSE recognises that there may be exceptional circumstances which may render the full application of this policy a risk to a patient’s/service user’s well being i.e. where the risk would be disproportionate to any benefit achieved by prohibiting smoking.
Such circumstances might arise in the case of residents/service users who are mentally or terminally ill, or who are a long term resident on a HSE Campus.