From Sunday (October 1), in conjunction with Stoptober, Milton Keynes University Hospital will become an entirely smoke-free site.
Patients, visitors and staff will not be permitted to smoke anywhere on the hospital grounds, including the car parks.
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The move is in line with the hospital’s ongoing plans to contribute to improved public health and wellbeing.
All forms of smoking – tobacco, e-cigarettes and vaping – will no longer be allowed.
“We are committed to creating an entirely smoke-free zone around our hospital as a positive step towards creating a healthier environment across our site,” said chief executive Professor Joe Harrison.
“The harmful health effects of tobacco smoke are well documented and it is clear from the feedback we have received that smoking in public areas on site is something that is no longer acceptable to the majority of our patients, visitors and staff.
“We have been working closely with the Stop Smoking Service at Milton Keynes Council to ensure that we are able to provide all the necessary support for staff, patients and visitors to give up smoking and adopt healthier lifestyle alternatives.”
Te hospital’s outdoor smoking shelters will be removed this weekend, and a public awareness campaign, focused on giving smoking the red card, will be launched to help promote the ban.
Staff who currently smoke and who wish to give up will be encouraged to attend special stop-smoking workshops which will be held every Monday in the Maple Unit.
There will also be a dedicated stop smoking team on-site to provide the appropriate advice to all visitors to the site.