Northumbria marks smokefree success one year on
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is marking a year since becoming smokefree by highlighting the benefits it has brought to staff, patients and visitors.
Twelve months ago smoking was banned in all of the trust’s hospitals, community sites and grounds across Northumberland and North Tyneside and new signage was displayed.
At the same time, staff were given training to signpost patients to support to help them to quit and now almost all patients are asked whether they smoke, compared to only a quarter a year ago. More than 200 smokers are accessing stop smoking support every month and scores of staff have taken the opportunity to quit too.
Judith Stonebridge, public health consultant at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “We are very proud that 12 months on, every one of our sites is now completely smokefree – this is a fantastic achievement and we could not have done this without the help and support of our staff.
“We now have a much safer and fresher environment for our employees, our patients and our visitors.
“This has been a huge cultural change in our communities, and we’re fully aware that we must continually work hard to reinforce the message across our trust, however one that is bringing significant benefits for the health and wellbeing of everyone in our hospitals and using our services.
“While we have had great success in our first year, we will not stop there and are committed to supporting as many people as we can – staff and patients – to quit smoking.”
The trust is marking the first anniversary with a programme of roadshows and information stands including outside the restaurants at North Tyneside General Hospital on Tuesday 9 April and Wansbeck General Hospital on Wednesday 10 April and in the restaurant at The Northumbria hospital until Saturday 13 April.
Northumbria Healthcare was the first acute trust in the North East to go truly smokefree from 31 March 2018.
Jaclyn Curry – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
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