Smoke-free campus a reality
Sligo Regional Hospital will become a smoke-free zone this week.
Patients and visitors will have to stub it as the smoke free zone comes into effect on Friday for World No Tobacco day.
Support will be available for patients to help them kick the habit.
The HSE wants a Smoke Free Campus Policy for all hospitals by 2015.
From Friday smoking will not be allowed anywhere on the campus.
This will include entrances, doorways, walkways, internal roads, car parks and bicycle shelters.
The new get-tough policy on smokers will apply to all staff, patients, visitors, contractors and anyone who enters the campus grounds.
Pauline Kent, Smoking Cessation Coordinator at the hospital said: "Service users who currently use tobacco are encouraged to talk to their GP or pharmacist on the treatments and supports available prior to admission.
"We advise those being admitted to inform their doctor or nurse of their tobacco use as early as possible during the admission process.
"We will provide smoking cessation advice, treatment and support to those who want to quit.
"For those who are not ready to quit on admission, we will provide treatments to assist them to manage their addiction during their hospital stay."
Patient Michael McGloin founder of Sligo COPD support group said: "Patients suffering with conditions such as emphysema, cystic fibrosis and chronic asthma will benefit hugely from having a smoke free hospital.
"In particular at the main entrance it will mean not having to walk through puffs of smoke which leave the majority of patients breathless."