East Coast Community Healthcare

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H5. Smoking Cessation/Respiratory Health

Committed since:

30 May, 2014

Delivery plan:

Submitted: 30 May, 2014

As an organisation East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) have a Smokefree Policy. The aim of this policy is to protect all of our employees, patients, customers and visitors from exposure to second-hand smoke and to comply with the Health Act 2006 which is enforced by District Councils.

As a healthcare provider and promoter, ECCH acknowledges that a balance must be achieved between:

1. Promoting a Smokefree environment and culture.
2. Acknowledging the overall welfare and individual rights of inpatients.
3. Ensuring safety from fire through illicit smoking.

Smoking is prohibited by anyone in premises or grounds in which ECCH services operate with the exception of designated outside smoking areas in a community hospital for inpatients occupying a bed and receiving treatment.

All company vehicles, including minibuses, will be smoke-free at all times. Staff must portray a positive image promoting a healthy life image and not smoke whilst driving at, or for, work

This policy is not intended to stop people smoking but to regulate where they smoke and how second-hand smoke affects others.

At ECCh we have a Specialist Stop Smoking Service who offer support to the Great Yarmouth and Waveney population as well as to our own staff members.

Staff can access the Stop Smoking Service and receive one to one or group support through the workplace. If there are several members of staff at one site Advisors will make support available at that particular site.

ECCH pledge to continue offering the support of the Stop Smoking Service to employees and the general public. To also inform, consult and train employees and visitors on this policy, to ensure No Smoking Signs are visible and displayed at main entrances to the premises, to ensure employees, customers and visitors do not smoke in smoke-free places and vehicles and to investigate complaints regarding employees, customers and visitors smoking in areas which are designated as smoke-free.

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