November 25, 2019 3.04 pm This story is over 30 months old

Smoking banned from all Lincolnshire hospital grounds

The grounds will be entirely smoke-free

Smoking will be banned from the grounds of all Lincolnshire hospitals from the start of next year.

It is currently permitted in designated areas of hospitals in Lincoln, Boston, Grantham, and Louth but will be banned from Monday, January 6, 2020.

Patients who wish to smoke will be given patches and inhalers as well as a referral for ongoing support.

Those who insist on smoking will not be obstructed but will be advised about the new policy and asked not to smoke on hospital grounds.

E-cigarettes and vaping will still be permitted within outdoor areas of the hospitals as long as it is not done in close proximity to others.

Stephen Kelly, from the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said the hospitals have a duty for the health of patients, staff, and visitors.

He said: “Many of the people who use our services are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.

“We recognise that smoking is a personal choice and we do not discriminate against those who choose to do so, however, we are a health-promoting organisation.

“We are committed to protecting and improving the health and wellbeing of all employees, patients, and visitors.

“Being completely smokefree reflects our commitment and responsibility for improving health and wellbeing.”

During a four-week consultation, 56% of 801 people agreed that ULHT should go smoke-free.