Hospital of St Cross to go ‘smoke free’ from New Year’s Day

Chief executive Andy Hardy and Stop Smoking services manager Will Overfield
Chief executive Andy Hardy and Stop Smoking services manager Will Overfield
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‘Thank you for not smoking’ signs have been erected at the Hospital of St Cross ahead of the trust that runs it becoming smoke free next week.

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) Trust, which runs St Cross, made the decision to roll out the policy in September.

Smoking will prohibited on Trust’s grounds and buildings from January 1.

The new rules apply to staff, contractors, affiliated services, external agencies, students, patients and visitors.

It is hoped that going smoke free will promote healthy lifestyles.

The trust is offering extra support to those staff members wanting to quit.

Chief executive Andy Hardy said: “We have acted on complaints from staff and patients about those who smoke on our sites.

“The health of our patients and staff is important for the Trust and we are taking pride in this opportunity to make a difference and hopefully help people lead healthier lives.”

The new signs thank smokers for abstaining from smoking on site and protecting the health of staff, patients and visitors to the hospitals.

To help patients and staff who may want to give up smoking, the trust’s Smoking Cessation Team provide stop smoking support and can be contacted by calling (024) 7696 4760.