Smoke-Free Sites in Southern HSC Trust – Have Your Say
07/11/2014The Southern Trust is seeking the views of patients, service users, visitors, staff and the general public before making a decision on introducing a smoke-free policy across all of its health and social care facilities. Smoking continues to be the single greatest cause of preventable illness and death in Northern Ireland. Each year in Northern Ireland approximately 2,300 people die from smoking related illnesses including heart disease, cancer, bronchitis and emphysema.
To support public health in Northern Ireland the Minister for Health and the Chief Medical Officer have urged all Trusts to go completely smoke free as soon as possible. This process is already well underway in the Republic of Ireland with 49 acute hospitals completely smoke free. The Western Trust became the first Smoke Free Trust in Northern Ireland in March of this year.
The survey runs until Sunday 30 November 2014.
What does Smoke Free Sites mean?
Currently all Southern Trust buildings are smoke free in line with legislation. If the Trust introduces smoke free sites, this will mean that smoking will not be permitted anywhere on Trust grounds, buildings, entrances, pavements, car parks or in cars by anyone including patients, visitors, staff, service users and contracted workers and the existing smoking shelters will no longer be available.
Dr John Simpson, Medical Director in the Southern Trust said: “The Trust is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the whole population and we believe that smoke free sites is a further positive step in reducing the risks to public health that smoking poses.
“Smoking continues to be a problem on Trust sites particularly around entrances and exits. People walking past these smokers are exposed to second hand smoke and there is also the unsightly issue of litter and the fire hazards created from discarded butts.
Smoking can increase the risk of wound infections, post-operative complications, prolong hospital stay and even lead to re-admissions.
Smoke Free Sites will help smokers to stop smoking as it will provide an environment where social pressures to smoke are reduced.”
The Trust offers a Stop Smoking Service and has a 75% success rate. For an appointment contact:
If you would like to express your views on Smoke Free Sites in the Southern Trust please do so via the following options:
Complete the online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/shsctsmokefree
Click here to download the survey from the Southern Trust Website. Place in an envelope and leave at any of the following collection points before Friday 28 November 2014:
The Macmillan Information Centre, Craigavon Area Hospital
Porters Post Room, Portacabin, South Tyrone Hospital
Reception Desk, Daisy Hill Hospital
Request a hard copy of the survey by telephoning: 028 3741 2521
You can share this with family and friends and return in the
FREEPOST Envelope provided before Friday 28 November 2014.
Ring the Stop Smoking Service Tel: 028 3741 5333
and say Yes or No to the Smoke Free Sites
Text: “SFS Yes” or “SFS No” to TEL: 07788 209 984
Pease note that text messages will be charged at your standard network rate.
For more information contact Rosemary Daly, SHSCT on Tel: 028 3741 2130 or