17561 - Smoking and Vaping Policy

(1) What is your Trust’s policy regarding smoking on hospital grounds? Please specify. For example:
·Is smoking banned throughout the site?
·Is smoking banned in the car park?
· Is smoking banned in private vehicles while on site?
· Is smoking permitted anywhere on site?
· Are there smoking shelters (eg in the car park, in the grounds)?
·Are there designated smoking areas (eg in the car park, in the grounds)?

(2) On what date did the Trust adopt its current policy on smoking?

(3) Does the Trust have any plans to change its smoking policy? If so, please specify what those changes will be. For example, do you intend to:
·Remove existing smoking shelters and extend non-smoking areas, or
·Permit designated smoking areas or install designated smoking shelters
 

  • Reference:
    17561
  • Response:

    (1) What is your Trust’s policy regarding smoking on hospital grounds? Please specify. For example:
    ·Is smoking banned throughout the site?
    ·Is smoking banned in the car park?
    · Is smoking banned in private vehicles while on site?
    · Is smoking permitted anywhere on site?
    · Are there smoking shelters (eg in the car park, in the grounds)?
    ·Are there designated smoking areas (eg in the car park, in the grounds)?

    Please note that the information you have requested can be found on the Trust’s website: https://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/policy-libraries/no-smoking-policy/239 As this information is publicly available the Trust is not obliged to provide this again and will be applying exemption s.21 of the Freedom of Information Act to this request.

    (2) On what date did the Trust adopt its current policy on smoking? 

     10 December 2015

    (3) Does the Trust have any plans to change its smoking policy? If so, please specify what those changes will be. For example, do you intend to:
    ·Remove existing smoking shelters and extend non-smoking areas, or
    ·Permit designated smoking areas or install designated smoking shelters

    The Policy is out of date and requires review, however at this stage we are not currently planning to make an significant changes

    (4) If the answer to Q3 is ‘YES’ please specify the date on which the Trust plans to implement the changes.

    Currently there is no date set to review this policy due to other priority policies requiring review

    (5) What is the Trust’s policy regarding vaping in (a) hospital buildings including wards, and (b) hospital grounds?  

    E-cigarettes are covered in this policy.

    (6) Does the Trust have any plans to change its vaping policy? Please specify how it will change and when.

    Not currently

    (7) How are the Trust’s smoking policies enforced? For example: signage, public address systems, use of CCTV cameras/wardens to monitor the site etc.

    Signage, CCTV and monitoring

    (8) How many recorded complaints has the Trust received from members of the public (including patients) about patients, visitors or staff smoking on hospital grounds since 1st January 2018?

    0 complaints reported re smoking on hospital grounds

  • Area:
    Trust wide
  • Category:
    Health & Safety
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