A senior doctor will today – national No Smoking Day – unveil a sign to mark Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust’s first day as a tobacco-free organisation.
From today, nobody, including staff, contractors, patients, visitors and members of the public, will be able to smoke tobacco anywhere at Colchester General Hosptial or Essex County Hospital, including the car parks, footpaths and roadways.
Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England (PHE), which exists to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, has congratulated the Trust on going tobacco-free.
Dr Barbara Buckley, Managing Director of Colchester Hospital Trust, will unveil a sign at what is currently a designated smoking point stating that the Trust will from that day be tobacco-free.
“As a provider of healthcare services, we have a responsibility to encourage healthy lifestyles which is why our two hospitals are going tobacco-free,” she said.
“I’m hoping this will encourage more people to take the first steps toward stopping smoking. Coming to our hospitals is a very good time for people to consider taking that step.
“There is a high chance that smoking has contributed to their health problem, which means that stopping is key if they want to improve their health and avoid having to come to hospital.
“However, I appreciate just how difficult it can be for some people to stop smoking, which is why we are signposting patients, the public and staff to stop smoking