Jim McGinty

Jim McGinty

Attorney General; Minister for Health; Electoral Affairs

    Peel and Rockingham hospital sites are smoke-free

    10/01/2008 2:00 PM
     
    10/01/08

    All health sites across Western Australia became smoke-free on January 1, 2008, as part of a State-wide health policy to protect staff, patients and visitors from the harmful effects of smoking.

    There has been a smooth transition across the Rockingham and Peel regions, including Peel Health Campus, Rockingham Kwinana District Hospital and Murray District Hospital.

    Health Minister Jim McGinty said the initiative was an important step towards creating a healthier working environment for staff, patients and visitors.

    “Any exposure to tobacco smoke, even second-hand smoke, has been shown to cause harm,” Mr McGinty said.

    “There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke; therefore the most effective way to protect staff, patients and visitors to the WA health system from the adverse health effects is to provide a smoke-free environment.

    “Hospitals are places to get well, not be exposed to dangerous cigarette smoke.”

    Peel Minister David Templeman echoed the sentiments of the Health Minister and said he was pleased that local hospitals were all being proactive in their support of the smoke-free initiative.

    “Health facilities need to lead by example and showcase healthy workplaces,” Mr Templeman said.

    “The State Government is committed to improving health services to all residents of the rapidly growing Rockingham/Kwinana and Peel regions. And this is another important step towards that goal.”

    Patients admitted to Rockingham Kwinana District Hospital and Murray District Hospital will be offered nicotine replacement therapy during their stay, as well as an individualised quit plan and strategies on discharge. Staff will also be offered nicotine replacement therapy at no charge for a limited period.

    Peel Health Campus executive director Ann Fletcher said hospital administrators were mindful of the difficulties involved for smokers, and all sites were doing everything possible to ensure support was available to patients and staff.

    “Carefully considered procedures and processes have been put in place in order to minimise any negative impacts,” said Ms Fletcher.

    At Peel Health Campus, patients being admitted for surgery and procedures have been asked to consult their admitting doctor about nicotine replacement therapy.

    Other patients will be offered nicotine replacement therapy during their stay in the hospital, as well as a personalised quit plan if requested. Staff are also being offered nicotine-replacement therapy at subsidised prices by the private pharmacy on site, Pharmacy Help.

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