NHS Tayside remind staff and public no smoking in hospital grounds

Stracathro Hospital, near Brechin, Angus.

Stracathro Hospital, near Brechin, Angus.

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NHS Tayside is reminding staff and members of the public not to smoke on any hospital grounds or premises, after NHS boards across Scotland became smoke free last week.

All hospital sites across Scotland have become smoke free to meet the requirements of the Scottish Government’s tobacco control strategy.

The Scottish Government has set out the ambition for Scotland to be a place where almost nobody smokes. NHS Tayside supports this ambition and asks that people who wish to smoke, only do so outwith NHS Tayside premises or grounds.

Since 2006, NHS Tayside has operated a smoke free policy on all its buildings and grounds to contribute to the improvement of the health of the population of Tayside.

The move to achieve smoke free status in the grounds of every hospital, health centre and NHS building across the country is part of a national drive to create a tobacco-free generation within Scotland by 2034.

Consultant in Public Health Pharmacy Andrew Radley said: “The Scottish Government has the ambition for Scotland to be a healthier place where almost no one smokes. NHS Tayside asks people in our communities to support this and work in partnership with us to improve the health of the public. 56,000 admissions to hospital each year across Scotland are because of smoking-related diseases.

“We understand that it can be hard to go without a cigarette, particularly at stressful times, however the NHS exists to make everyone’s health as good as possible. Keeping our grounds smoke free is to benefit the health of everyone and we thank all smokers for respecting this.”

Support to stop smoking or refrain from smoking while on NHS sites is also available to patients, visitors and staff from the NHS Tayside Smoke Free Services and local pharmacies.

Anyone who would like support can call NHS Tayside Smoke Free Services on 0845 600 999 6. Anyone who wants to stop smoking in 12 weeks can also visit their local pharmacist to find out more about a free programme of support to quit smoking. You can also join our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nhstaysidesmokefree