The Alex Hospital to become a smokefree site

Preparing to go smoke free at the Alex in Redditch. Michelle Halford, pregnancy stop smoking advisor, Mary Cornford-Hill, a stop smoking advisor and Sarah King, divisional director of nursing – surgery. SP

Preparing to go smoke free at the Alex in Redditch. Michelle Halford, pregnancy stop smoking advisor, Mary Cornford-Hill, a stop smoking advisor and Sarah King, divisional director of nursing – surgery. SP

First published in News

WORCESTERSHIRE Acute Hospitals NHS Trust took another step toward becoming smokefree at all its sites, including Redditch's Alexandra Hospital, on March 12.

Coinciding with No Smoking Day, hospital staff launched a countdown to June 19 – when the trust will become smokefree to staff. The move is part of a longer term plan to become a completely smokefree site in 2015.

It means that staff, contractors and volunteers will not be allowed to smoke in any of the hospitals' grounds, including car parks.

Up until 2015, patients and visitors will still be allowed to use the smoking shelters, but rules about smoking in the hospital entrance will be stricter.

The countdown gives staff the opportunity to seek support to give up smoking before the rules change. The trust offers its own stop smoking service available to staff, patients and visitors.

Mary Cornford-Hill, stop smoking advisor at the Alex, said: "It takes 12 weeks to overcome dependency on nicotine, so we want to offer support to staff now.

"I’ll be out in the hospital entrance during the countdown to June 19, talking to staff about the upcoming change and making sure everyone knows we’re here to help. With the help of an NHS stop smoking advisor, you are four times more likely to quit.”

Bev Edgar, director of human resources, said: “Becoming smokefree to staff means we are promoting healthy choices and setting an example to our patients.

“We run our own stop smoking advice sessions and we will be offering staff the support they need to give up before June 19. Our stop smoking advisors can also support patients and relatives.

“In 2015 we will become completely smokefree and all smoking shelters will be removed from the site.”

Staff, patients and the public can contact Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to book an appointment with a stop smoking advisor on 0300 1231619 or 01562 513 225.
Appointments are available in Worcester, Redditch, Kidderminster, Bromsgrove and Evesham

 

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11:32am Fri 14 Mar 14

fielding101@btinternet.com says...

I do NOT disagree with the intended action relative to smoking but can we be assured that the same level of 'control' will apply to over eating and obesity as from a health point of view these now appear to be the demons of the day.

We mustn't lose sight of the fact that we can visit the eating areas of local hospitals, put endless amounts of sugar in our tea or coffee and enjoy that with a calorie laden cake (OR 2) but we cannot be allowed to then leave the building to have a cigarette - CRAZY!!!!

I am a regular visitor to many hospitals within the Worcestershire and Birmingham area and can't help but notice the ever increasing size of some members of hospital staff, both clerical and medical. If any of these same staff are presently smokers, giving up the habit will most probably increase their weight even further as it seems to be a common situation following the giving up of smoking and nibbling on this, that and the other throughout the day. Another contributing factor to the ever increasing number of diabetic cases that are now of great concern to the NHS.
I rest my case !!
I do NOT disagree with the intended action relative to smoking but can we be assured that the same level of 'control' will apply to over eating and obesity as from a health point of view these now appear to be the demons of the day. We mustn't lose sight of the fact that we can visit the eating areas of local hospitals, put endless amounts of sugar in our tea or coffee and enjoy that with a calorie laden cake (OR 2) but we cannot be allowed to then leave the building to have a cigarette - CRAZY!!!! I am a regular visitor to many hospitals within the Worcestershire and Birmingham area and can't help but notice the ever increasing size of some members of hospital staff, both clerical and medical. If any of these same staff are presently smokers, giving up the habit will most probably increase their weight even further as it seems to be a common situation following the giving up of smoking and nibbling on this, that and the other throughout the day. Another contributing factor to the ever increasing number of diabetic cases that are now of great concern to the NHS. I rest my case !! fielding101@btinternet.com
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12:17am Sat 15 Mar 14

Dodia Ford says...

How about all the fumes from the cars that pull up and wait outside the entrances?? Many doctors and nurses smoke. No-one wants to smoke, it is a bad habit, but for goodness sake.......people will fight, smoke, over eat, drink too much, be fat, lazy, work shy, **** and belch in 100 years time from now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!! How about the smelly people who eat garlic?? Let's start a hate campaign against them as well!!!!

So much for a tolerant society.
How about all the fumes from the cars that pull up and wait outside the entrances?? Many doctors and nurses smoke. No-one wants to smoke, it is a bad habit, but for goodness sake.......people will fight, smoke, over eat, drink too much, be fat, lazy, work shy, **** and belch in 100 years time from now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!! How about the smelly people who eat garlic?? Let's start a hate campaign against them as well!!!! So much for a tolerant society. Dodia Ford
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