Bedford Hospital NHS Trust has announced that from Monday 1 April it will become smoke-free.
All staff, patients and visitors will no longer be allowed to smoke.
This includes tobacco products and e-cigarettes/vapes anywhere on the hospital grounds, both at South Wing and Gilbert Hitchcock House on Kimbolton Road.
The smoking shelter near to the A&E entrance will be removed.
Dr John Cooper, Consultant Cardiologist at Bedford Hospital said: “Clean, fresh air is a better environment for everyone, so as a health organisation, going smoke-free is absolutely the right thing for us to do.
“When I talk to patients who have successfully stopped smoking I realise that their motivation to do so is key.
“We want to be able to support anyone who uses our services and wants to quit smoking to be able to successfully do so.”
Stephen Conroy, Chief Executive of Bedford Hospital added: “We accept that stopping smoking is a personal choice and we respect a person’s decision to do so but we do ask for everyone’s help to keep our sites completely smoke-free to protect others.
“If anyone is seen smoking on the hospital sites, our staff have the right to respectfully ask them to stop or to move off of the hospital grounds.”
Smokers are four times more likely to quit for good with support from the NHS. There is a wealth of support and advice available for those who need it:
- Smokefree Bedfordshire is the local Stop Smoking Service that provides support anyone who lives or works across Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call: 0800 013 0553
- National NHS Smoking Helpline: 0300 123 1044