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Right Arrow Smokefree at Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
05 December 2005 at 09:30
Most people like to make New Year’s resolutions; often they include giving up the things that are bad for us, drinking, smoking, eating too much and so on. At Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust we have already decided on ours, as from 1 January 2006 we are going to be Smokefree. At the moment there is no smoking allowed in any of the buildings within the Trust, but from 1 January 2006 no smoking will be allowed within the hospital grounds. This includes all entrances, car parks and walkways. Jan Beck, Director of Nursing and Midwifery explained, “The Government has said that all NHS premises must go smokefree by late 2006. This Trust, along with several others in Merseyside and Lancashire, has decided to put in place smoking restrictions ahead of the Government’s deadline. “We are doing this to protect the health of our patients, staff and visitors, and to make the hospitals a more pleasant environment. The health of our patients is our prime concern and the time is now right to end smoking on our hospital premises.” The smoking shelters at both Ormskirk and Southport & Formby District General Hospitals will be removed. Support and advice for those wanting to stop smoking will be on offer both before and after 1 January 2006, and a road show will tour the hospitals giving patients, staff and visitors the opportunity to ask for advice. Patients and visitors who want more information about giving up smoking can contact either:  The National Helpline on 0800 169 0169 or  The Stop Smoking Services in West Lancashire 01695 598416 or  The Stop Smoking Services in Merseyside on 0800 195 2131. Smoking facts  80% of residents in the Northwest would prefer public places to be smokefree.  Every year around 3,500 people die from smoking related causes in the greater Merseyside area.  Only 22 per cent of residents in Southport & Formby over 16 smoke and only 27 per cent in West Lancashire smoke.  Second-hand smoke can increase the risk of contracting lung cancer or heart disease by a quarter. Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714 E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk