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George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust marks a year of being smoke free

Smoke free at island

It is now 12 months since George Eliot Hospital’s 2016 New Year resolution to go completely smoke free on site.

The Trust wishes to remind staff, patients and visitors that smoking continues not to be allowed on any part of the hospital grounds.

The change, which took effect on January 1st 2016, was based on NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines and the ongoing commitment of the Trust to provide a smoke free environment to protect our patients and staff and to promote healthier lifestyles to our wider community.

Stopping smoking improves your physical and mental wellbeing, including a better sense of taste and smell. There are also financial benefits; a 20-a-day smoker can save up to £250 a month by quitting.

George Eliot Hospital, Medical Director, Dr Gordon Wood said: “We have seen a visible reduction in the number of people smoking on site since going smoke free however, there is still room for improvement. We ask visitors and patients to support our policy and protect others by refraining to smoke on site.

“Smoking is still the single biggest preventable cause of death and disability in England. So anything we can do to support our local community to protect their health from the consequences of smoking is extremely important.”

Smokers who want to follow the example of the hospital can get help from NHS Warwickshire Stop Smoking Service which is available at a number of local locations, including at the George Eliot Hospital. Contact the GEH service on 024 7686 5617 or find out more information at: http://www.geh.nhs.uk/directory-of-services/specialties-and-services/s/stop-smoking-services-warwickshire/

Jane Wright, Public Health Manager at the Trust comments: “If you think you’ve tried every way to quit already and failed try again. There are new and better stop smoking products which are becoming available regularly.  By using the service you may well find something that suits you so you can become smoke free for life!”

Patients who do not want to stop smoking during their stay will be provided with stop smoking medication so they can manage without cigarettes.

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