THE Mid-Western Regional Hospital Group, which includes Nenagh Hospital, is introducing a smoke-free campus policy from this Thursday, May 31, World No Tobacco Day.
It will no longer be possible to smoke any where on the hospital grounds, for example entrances, doorways, walkways, internal roads, bus shelters, car parks, cars, bicycle shelters.
The introduction of this new policy is in line with the Mid-Western Regional Hospital’s status as a smoke-free hospital and its designation as one of the eight regional cancer centres in Ireland.
The policy will apply to staff, patients, visitors, contractors and anyone who enters the hospital buildings or grounds and will ensure a healthier, safer and cleaner environment for all and better health outcomes for patients and staff.
All patients are being informed of the new policy in advance of their admission to hospital and, when admitted, patients who smoke will be offered free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) during their hospital stay. Patients can also be referred to the hospital’s free Smoking Cessation Service. GPs have also been informed. Ongoing awareness sessions have been held for staff.