Hospital staff to be banned from smoking from June

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust stop smoking advisor Jan Robbins and director of human resources Bev Edgar

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust stop smoking advisor Jan Robbins and director of human resources Bev Edgar

First published in News

PEOPLE working at hospitals in Worcestershire have just three months to go before they are banned from smoking at work.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust voted last December to ban all employees from smoking on hospital grounds - including in car parks - from Thursday, June 19.

Patients and visitors will still be permitted to use smoking shelters but the trust - which runs Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Kidderminster Hospital and Redditch's Alexandra Hospital - is planning to become completely smoke-free by next year.

The trust has launched a countdown to the date to give staff the opportunity to stamp out their habit before the rules change.

Stop smoking adviser at Worcestershire Royal Hospital Jan Robbins said it generally takes about 12 weeks for the body to overcome dependency on nicotine so it was an ideal time for colleagues to make a start on stamping out the habit.

"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," she said.

"With the help of an NHS stop smoking advisor you are four times more likely to quit.”

In November last year the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence called on hospitals to enforce a blanket ban on smoking at all sites. But three months later it was found many were still allowing people to light up on hospital grounds.

The trust's director of human resources Bev Edgar 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 our sites.”

To book an appointment with a stop smoking adviser call 0300 1231619 or 01562 513 225.

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7:06pm Wed 12 Mar 14

PrivateSi says...

DRACON NANNY STATISTS have taken over and BLOATED THE STATE to OBESE LEGAL PROPORTIONS... Without smokers & drinkers you'd no longer have an NHS, you'd be short of another £15 billion funding a year... Not to mention SMOKERS DIE YOUNG - and cost far less state pension... Unlike these ones that go on forever and end up in a care home... BE GRATEFUL to smokers - THEY KEEP YOU IN A JOB, Dr. Dracon and Nurse Nanny..! 75% to 95% SERIOUSLY...
DRACON NANNY STATISTS have taken over and BLOATED THE STATE to OBESE LEGAL PROPORTIONS... Without smokers & drinkers you'd no longer have an NHS, you'd be short of another £15 billion funding a year... Not to mention SMOKERS DIE YOUNG - and cost far less state pension... Unlike these ones that go on forever and end up in a care home... BE GRATEFUL to smokers - THEY KEEP YOU IN A JOB, Dr. Dracon and Nurse Nanny..! 75% to 95% SERIOUSLY... PrivateSi
  • Score: -4

7:08pm Wed 12 Mar 14

PrivateSi says...

... Next this mad bunch of neurosis will BAN FAT NURSES and DOCTORS from EATING during work hours... well maybe not, but you get my drift... WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE,..
... Next this mad bunch of neurosis will BAN FAT NURSES and DOCTORS from EATING during work hours... well maybe not, but you get my drift... WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE,.. PrivateSi
  • Score: -8

7:34pm Wed 12 Mar 14

bobnohope says...

Too right PrivateSi, but they won't stop there ya know. Next the ban will extend to people over 25 stones, oaps over 70 years of age , anyone that's, drinks, smokes, does drugs or anyone with self inflicted wounds. Then they can shut the place and save an absolute fortune!!
Too right PrivateSi, but they won't stop there ya know. Next the ban will extend to people over 25 stones, oaps over 70 years of age , anyone that's, drinks, smokes, does drugs or anyone with self inflicted wounds. Then they can shut the place and save an absolute fortune!! bobnohope
  • Score: -3

8:56pm Wed 12 Mar 14

rod123 says...

How about banning the hospital cafe from selling the killer foods they have on offer. All disgustingly high in calories.
The picture of the two "health conscious" trust members suggests they should concentrate on healthy eating and exercise.
How about banning the hospital cafe from selling the killer foods they have on offer. All disgustingly high in calories. The picture of the two "health conscious" trust members suggests they should concentrate on healthy eating and exercise. rod123
  • Score: -1

9:06pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Pangy says...

What ill patient wants a nurse or doctor smelling of cigerettes on their breathe or clothes nursing them. Once the shift is over then they can smoke to their hearts content away from the hospital.
What ill patient wants a nurse or doctor smelling of cigerettes on their breathe or clothes nursing them. Once the shift is over then they can smoke to their hearts content away from the hospital. Pangy
  • Score: 19

11:25pm Wed 12 Mar 14

PrivateSi says...

@Pangy... INTOLERANCE is a works BOTH WAYS... Why should I (if I was a nurse) treat a smelly, urinated old fogie, or a an alky or druggy? I mean if you can't see things from BOTH sides you've got a problem... What if NICOTINE WITHDRAWAL CREATES MORE ERRORS (which of COURSE it will)... These NANNY STATE, badly thought through, COLLATERAL DAMAGING laws are typical of the PARENTNOID Power-Freaks who came to power with PC Labour...

They've turned Britain into an UNHEALTHY, HEALTH-FREAKDOM if that even makes sense...
@Pangy... INTOLERANCE is a works BOTH WAYS... Why should I (if I was a nurse) treat a smelly, urinated old fogie, or a an alky or druggy? I mean if you can't see things from BOTH sides you've got a problem... What if NICOTINE WITHDRAWAL CREATES MORE ERRORS (which of COURSE it will)... These NANNY STATE, badly thought through, COLLATERAL DAMAGING laws are typical of the PARENTNOID Power-Freaks who came to power with PC Labour... They've turned Britain into an UNHEALTHY, HEALTH-FREAKDOM if that even makes sense... PrivateSi
  • Score: -11

12:35am Thu 13 Mar 14

Jabbadad says...

I see only idiots who wish to smoke and cause serious illnesses to themselves as their problem. And of course if there were no cancer related to smoking illnesses then the NHS would have plenty of money to treat those who have not self inflicted illness from smoking. Because the taxes they pay on cigarettes won't cover the cost of Cancer care and the hardships to family members left behind.
And having said that while they are entitled I suppose to inflict harm by smoking on themselves they have NO RIGHT WHATSOEVER to inflict their filthy secondary smoke on others. Particularly innocent Children. And I definately support banning smoking in cars, which is definately intensified being in a concentrated space.
What does amaze me is when visiting the Hospitals you see patients still hooked up to drips on a stand sat outside smoking when a few yards away in another ward others are dying from smoking related illnesses.
Perhaps they will be able to use the little smoke shelters for Bikes.
And without any question THOSE WHO SMOKE STINK LIKE OLD ASHTRAYS. Ask your firends?
I see only idiots who wish to smoke and cause serious illnesses to themselves as their problem. And of course if there were no cancer related to smoking illnesses then the NHS would have plenty of money to treat those who have not self inflicted illness from smoking. Because the taxes they pay on cigarettes won't cover the cost of Cancer care and the hardships to family members left behind. And having said that while they are entitled I suppose to inflict harm by smoking on themselves they have NO RIGHT WHATSOEVER to inflict their filthy secondary smoke on others. Particularly innocent Children. And I definately support banning smoking in cars, which is definately intensified being in a concentrated space. What does amaze me is when visiting the Hospitals you see patients still hooked up to drips on a stand sat outside smoking when a few yards away in another ward others are dying from smoking related illnesses. Perhaps they will be able to use the little smoke shelters for Bikes. And without any question THOSE WHO SMOKE STINK LIKE OLD ASHTRAYS. Ask your firends? Jabbadad
  • Score: 10

9:10am Thu 13 Mar 14

Arthur Blenkinsop says...

I agree with pangy and Jabbadad. What patient wants to be treated by a doctor or nurse who stinks of smoke. On the other hand, what doctor or nurse wants to be close to a patient who is stinking of cigarette smoke too? I see no reason why smoking can't be banned for everyone in the hospital grounds - the same as it is at any other place of work, for staff and visitors alike.
I agree with pangy and Jabbadad. What patient wants to be treated by a doctor or nurse who stinks of smoke. On the other hand, what doctor or nurse wants to be close to a patient who is stinking of cigarette smoke too? I see no reason why smoking can't be banned for everyone in the hospital grounds - the same as it is at any other place of work, for staff and visitors alike. Arthur Blenkinsop
  • Score: 7

9:39am Thu 13 Mar 14

MJI says...

Why would a health professional want to take poisonous cancerous drugs anyway?
Why would a health professional want to take poisonous cancerous drugs anyway? MJI
  • Score: 1

10:25am Thu 13 Mar 14

3thinker says...

I'm not for outright bans, but do think those who work in the NHS and the Council should be encouraged to set an example and lead healthier lifestyles.

Surely its difficult for those who are held responsible for our health and care to encourage the wider population but more specifically those who effectively have self inflicted illnesses to take personal responsibility for their health when its clear that some of those advising them don't practice what they preach.
I'm not for outright bans, but do think those who work in the NHS and the Council should be encouraged to set an example and lead healthier lifestyles. Surely its difficult for those who are held responsible for our health and care to encourage the wider population but more specifically those who effectively have self inflicted illnesses to take personal responsibility for their health when its clear that some of those advising them don't practice what they preach. 3thinker
  • Score: 6

5:44pm Fri 14 Mar 14

lovelyjubbly says...

I hear all this and what smoking costs the NHS but obesity has overtaken smoking with regard to cost so perhaps that should be looking at the junk food and drinks they sell as well. Stop picking on one group.
I hear all this and what smoking costs the NHS but obesity has overtaken smoking with regard to cost so perhaps that should be looking at the junk food and drinks they sell as well. Stop picking on one group. lovelyjubbly
  • Score: 7

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