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Sherwood Forest Hospitals steps up smoke free site patrols with Ashfield District Council

Smoking for webAs we progress into the New Year, Sherwood Forest Hospitals is reminding patients and visitors that all of our sites are smoke-free.

A formal agreement between Ashfield District Council and Sherwood Forest Hospitals has now been put in place, which allows Ashfield District Council’s Community Protection Officers (CPOs) to fine people if they are seen to be dropping litter, particularly any smoking-related litter, at King’s Mill Hospital.

CPOs will be regularly patrolling King’s Mill Hospital, including the hospital’s main entrance. They will be asking people who are smoking to move to outside the grounds of the hospital as well as fining anyone who is seen to be dropping litter.

The Trust actively supports both staff and patients within our care to stop smoking by referring patients to Smokefreelife Nottingham and providing them with appropriate medication and patches when required. Support is also provided to staff who wish to quit, as they have access to a free 30 minute assessment to discuss how they can quit smoking.

The Nottinghamshire Smokefreelife mobile clinic also visits King’s Mill on Monday’s and Friday’s each week. The clinic provides leaflets, which include tips and advice about how to quit along with details of support groups and advice.

Chief Executive, Richard Mitchell said: “The New Year is an ideal time for us to encourage patients, staff and visitors to quit smoking and remind them that we are a smoke-free Trust that provides support for people to stop smoking. I am really keen for us to become truly smoke-free. Smoking is a particular problem in and around the entrance of our King’s Mill Hospital site, which is why we have sought help from Ashfield District Council to patrol the area. It’s really not healthy for our patients, visitors or staff to have to battle through harmful smoke to enter the building and I would like to remind people that although we are supportive of those who wish to quit, we do take a zero tolerance approach to smoking.”

Cllr Nicolle Ndiweni, Portfolio holder for Stronger and Safer Communities says: “The Council has been contracted to carry out work for Sherwood Forest Hospitals at the King’s Mill site to address the problem of litter associated with cigarettes. Community Protection Officers will speak with patients and visitors to remind them that the grounds of the Hospital are smoke free and ensure that any litter is appropriately discarded. Ashfield District Council wants to help people to live in a Safe, Clean and Green environment that residents are proud of and all necessary action will be taken moving forward.”