Medway Maritime Hospital is now smoke-free

Date: 20 October 2016

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Medway Maritime Hospital has officially become a smoke-free site. With effect from Monday, 17 October, all patients, visitors and staff are prohibited from smoking in the buildings, hospital grounds and car parks.

The purpose of going smoke-free is to protect and improve the health and wellbeing of all patients, visitors and staff who use the hospital. The move is in keeping with many hospitals and public spaces, where smoking is now no longer permitted.

As part of a special event to mark becoming a smoke-free site, students from Robert Napier School in Gillingham were invited in to perform a stirring rendition of Sing – the 2012 song written by Take That singer-songwriter, Gary Barlow, and composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Diana Hamilton-Fairley, Medical Director of Medway NHS Foundation Trust said: "We’re delighted to have finally reached this important milestone in becoming a smoke-free site.

"As the only hospital in the area, it is imperative that we set the right example by encouraging our patients, staff and visitors to adopt a healthier lifestyle. We’re also aware that many people find it extremely hard to kick the habit, and that it is often a source of comfort and reassurance – particularly when they’re facing the stressful situation of visiting sick relatives and friends.

"With that in mind, we would strongly encourage them to contact the Medway Stop Smoking Service, where they can get free specialist advice. We’re also providing free nicotine replacement therapy to patients on wards and on-site support for staff.

"I would like to say a huge thank you to Robert Napier School for helping us mark our smoke-free go live date with such a wonderful and rousing musical performance. It really helped make the day that extra bit special."

Over recent months, the Trust has been working closely with Medway Council to offer smoking cessation support to patients, visitors and staff. This includes providing free nicotine replacement therapy to patients on wards, on-site support for staff and advice for visitors from Medway Council’s Stop Smoking Service.

In addition, the Trust has staged a number of special training sessions for staff who have expressed an interest in becoming smoke-free champions – a role where they will help remind patients and visitors that Medway Maritime Hospital has become a smoke-free site.

For further information on the Medway Stop Smoking Service, please call 0800 234 6805 or 01634 994800 or text QUIT to 81025

You can read the Trust's smoking policy here

  • Summary:

    Medway Maritime Hospital has officially become a smoke-free site. With effect from Monday, 17 October, all patients, visitors and staff are prohibited from smoking in the buildings, hospital grounds and car parks.