Hospital grounds to become smoke-free

Peterhead Hosptial
Peterhead Hosptial

Peterhead Community Hospital’s grounds are to become totally smoke-free later this year.

The rule will come into place from Saturday, November 1, meaning no-one will be allowed to smoke anywhere on site at the hospital’s premises, including all external areas.

The development follows Turriff Hospital and its grounds becoming a completely smoke-free zone this year, and anticipate the national plans that all hospital grounds in Scotland will be smoke-free by March 2015, as part of measures to reduce the number of people choosing to smoke.

The changes are also set to take place at Chalmers Hospital on Monday, September 1, then Fraserburgh Hospital from Wednesday, October 1.

“We are phasing in the ‘NHS Grampian Tobacco Policy’, which supports the national plans, to allow people who are smokers, to plan ahead for their visit to a hospital,” said George Rutten, NHS Grampian Public Health Coordinator for Banff and Buchan.

“If you are visiting a friend or relative in a hospital, you will not be allowed to smoke anywhere in the hospital building, or in the grounds.

“Plan your visit to the hospital by bringing a nicotine replacement product, such as gum or a patch, to help reduce cravings.

He added: “If you need advice on which nicotine replacement product is right for you, ask your pharmacist, or contact our smoking advice service on 0500 600 332 about quitting.”

Posters and leaflets announcing that the hospitals will go smoke-free are to be introduced in the next few weeks.

The blue posters and leaflets, branded ‘We care about your fresh air’, promote the need to curb the exposure to second hand smoke.

Rosemary Johnston, senior charge nurse at Fraserburgh Hospital, said: “Patients who stay over in hospital will not be allowed to smoke at all anywhere on the hospital site. That includes the outside areas. We encourage patients to give up smoking. However, if you can’t go without smoking and don’t want to give up, you can ask ward staff for a nicotine replacement product to help reduce cravings.”