The smoke free team at Princess Alexandra Hospital are asking for your views on becoming smoke free across the site. Although the initiative was introduced a few years ago, with full board backing and support from staff, the team hope to bring this into force by the Autumn.
A smoke free site will mean no smoking will be permitted on the hospital grounds with a four-week engagement exercise launched this week seeking views. The hospital is keen to listen to thoughts of those who live or work near the hospital, patients and families as well as any other members of the public who wish to have their say.
Dr Samir Naik, Respiratory Consultant, PAH said: “The harmful effect of smoking and second hand smoke is well documented. The proposal to make Princess Alexandra Hospital smoke free is a positive step towards creating a healthier environment on our site for all.”
Princess Alexandra Hospital would like to address the ongoing concerns from staff, visitors and patients that smoking close to the main entrance is both unhealthy and unpleasant. Complaints have also been received regarding the amount of litter from discarded cigarette stubs.
As well as making the site smoke free, the trust will encourage and support individuals who want to stop smoking by providing support to give up for good.
Anyone wanting to share their views can do so through the online survey available at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JP3V6D7, until Friday 28th July, 5pm.
Notes to Editors:
The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust was established in April 1995. It is a small to medium-size hospital with an annual income of circa £170 million. It comprises 420 general and acute beds and provides a full range of general acute services, including a 24/7 emergency department, an intensive care unit, a maternity unit and a level II neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
The Trust currently employs approximately 2,500 whole time equivalent (WTE) staff and operates outpatient and diagnostic services from the Herts and Essex Hospital, Bishop’s Stortford, St Margaret’s Hospital in Epping and the Cheshunt Community Hospital.
The Trust serves a core population of about 350,000 and is the natural hospital of choice for people living in West Essex and East Hertfordshire, with a core population which is centred on the M11 corridor and the towns of Harlow, Bishop’s Stortford and Epping. Its extended catchment area (radius of 11 to 13 miles) incorporates a population of up to 500,000 and includes the areas of Hoddesdon, Cheshunt and Broxbourne in Hertfordshire, together with the south of the M25 in Essex being potential areas for growth.