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Sherwood Forest Hospitals Pledge To Make All Its Sites Truly Smoke-Free

11th January 2017
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Sherwood Forest Hospitals Pledge To Make All Its Sites Truly Smoke-Free

Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust and Ashfield District Council are joining forces in a pledge to make all of the trusts sites truly smoke-free in 2017.

Whilst all of the Trusts sites, including Kings Mill and the Mansfield Community Hospital, are smoking free inside and out, litter from cigarettes has remained a problem especially near main enterances.

The trust will team up with Ashfield District Council community protection officers (CPOs), who will begin patrolling the site as part of a drive to improve the health and wellbeing of patients, visitors and staff.

Peter Marks, the Chair of Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust, said: “We have been working for some time to make our hospitals smoke-free, but people are still smoking, especially in front of the main building at King’s Mill and outside our Emergency Department”

“We want to make our hospitals healthy and safe environments, so we are asking patients, visitors and staff to be mindful of others health and not to smoke on our sites to protect others against the harmful effects of second hand smoke.”

Councillor Jim Aspinall is Ashfield District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing – he added: “It is encouraging to be working in partnership with Sherwood Forest Hospitals to help people to quit smoking. This is the time of year when many try to give up, so additional support can only help to achieve these goals”

“The Council is conscious that health and wellbeing is a major contributing factor to achieving a vibrant place to live and is very supportive of schemes such as this, which contribute to the health and happiness of our residents.”

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