As smokers around the country are urged to stub out their last cigarette for national No Smoking Day, the Royal Free London is rolling out its campaign to create a smoke free environment across its three hospital sites.
Smoking is banned across all Royal Free London grounds, including entrances, car parks and other spaces.
Since October the Royal Free London has worked to ensure the area outside the Royal Free Hospital remains a clean and healthy place for patients, visitors and staff by putting up awareness posters highlighting the fact that smoking on our grounds impacts everyone.
This successful campaign has also seen security officers patrolling the main entrances and politely reminding people of our no smoking policy.
Now to coincide with National No Smoking Day on 11 March the Royal Free London will be extending its Smoke Free Royal Free campaign to Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital.
As anti-smoking posters go up at Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital, there will also be information stalls at all three hospital sites offering advice and support to smokers who want to kick the habit.
Throughout the day the Royal Free London will be sharing via Twitter the experiences of those who quit with the help of the trust. Staff and the public will also be invited to take part in a smoke free ‘tweet in’ during which our public health experts will answer your questions about giving up. The 'tweet-in' will take place between midday and 2pm.
Dr Alison Rodger, consultant and clinical director of public health at the Royal Free London, said: “The Royal Free London has a duty to protect all patients, staff and visitors from being exposed to second hand smoke and ensuring that we have a completely smoke free site is the best way of achieving that goal.
“Our smoke free policy is essential to creating a healthy pleasant environment for people who visit and work in our hospitals.
“With 100,000 people in the UK dying every year from smoking related diseases, we are also focussed on encouraging and supporting all those who pass through our hospitals to quit.”
Notes to editors
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published public health smoking cessation guidance specifically for hospitals, which includes offering support for people to stop smoking and making all NHS secondary care hospitals completely smoke free.
Smoke free policies have received widespread support. A 2011 YouGov poll found that 82% of people surveyed believed that having smoke free environments was good for the health of the population.
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The Royal Free began as a pioneering organisation and continues to play a leading role in the care of patients. Our mission is to provide world class expertise and local care. In the 21st century, the Royal Free London continues to lead improvements in healthcare.
The Royal Free London attracts patients from across the country and beyond to its specialist services in liver, kidney and bone marrow transplantation, haemophilia, renal, HIV, infectious diseases, plastic surgery, immunology, vascular surgery, cardiology, amyloidosis and scleroderma and we are a member of the academic health science partnership UCLPartners.
In July 2014 Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital became part of the Royal Free London. Read "A bigger trust, a better future."