Kerry General now fully smoke-free

Simon Brouder

SMOKING has been completely banned on the grounds of Kerry General Hospital since this Monday morning with patients who smoke to be offered nicotine patches to help them deal with their cravings.

Smoking had previously been permitted in a few areas on the hospital grounds, notably in a small metal shed outside the hospital's main entrance, but as of Monday morning the entire hospital campus and the adjacent HSE community services facility have become a smoke free zone. Smoking will no longer be permitted anywhere on the grounds under the ban that applies to all staff, patients, visitors and contractors.

All patients will be informed of the new policy in advance of their admission to hospital and, when admitted, patients who smoke will be offered free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) during their hospital stay.

Patients can also opt to be referred to the HSE's free Smoking Cessation Services, provided by the Health Promotion Department.

"With smoking being the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the world, it is important that hospitals and healthcare facilities provide an environment committed to the prevention of illness," said a HSE statement.

"These new tobacco-free campuses will be a further support to people who have made a New Year's resolution to quit smoking for good."


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