Hospital chief's rallying cry over smoking on site
DERRIFORD Hospital must continue to take a "relentless" approach in its move to being a smoke-free site, its chief executive has said.
Since becoming a smoke-free site last March the number of smoking incidents per day at the city's main hospital has reduced from between 120-160 to between nine and 32 per day.
And Ann James, chief executive of Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Derriford, said: "We should continue to be relentless in our approach to being a smoke-free site."
In her latest Trust board meeting report, Ms James said there was a 16 per cent increase in the number of staff accessing the local NHS Stop Smoking Service in the month leading up to the smoke-free implementation.
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She also said 43 per cent of those staff have been successful in stopping smoking.
Ms James said that as part of the initiative it was recognised that restrictions on smoking could be challenging for patients, particularly those that are admitted to wards, so Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) has been made available in all ward areas.
Staff have also been trained in NRT administration.
Both informal and formal feedback from the public has demonstrated continued support for the smoke-free initiative, said Ms James.
A survey last August showed that 86 per cent of 324 people surveyed agreed that the site should remain smoke free, 20 per cent higher than before the initiative.