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H5. Smoking Cessation/Respiratory Health
30 May, 2014
Submitted: 16 April, 2015
Please describe how you have encourged your staff to stop smoking and reduced other risks in the workplace to respiratory health over the last year. There is a 2000 character limit when completing this section.
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. We continue to adhere to this policy.
Throughout the last year ECCH have introduced a range of visits by the Specialist Stop Smoking Advisors to all of our sites where staff can find out more about accessing the service and receive advice about quitting smoking:
Monday 1st December 2014 - Beccles Head Quarters 11am-2pm in the lunch area
Tuesday 2nd December 2014 - Patrick Stead Hospital, Halesworth 11am-2pm in the lunch area
Thursday 4th December 2014 - Beccles Hospital 11am-2pm in the staff room
Fridiay 5th December 2014 - Southwold Hospital 11am-2pm in the lunch area
Monday 8th December 2014 - Northgate Hospital, Great Yarmouth 11am-2pm in the staff room
We have also participated in and promoted national campaigns such as Stoptober and National No Smoking Day. Resources such as poster and leaflets are distributed and sent to all sites where they are displayed in staff areas.
A range of Health and Wellbeing days have also taken place across many of our sites over the last year. Staff were invited to attend the days where they were offered to opportunity to receive a massage, health MOT and also to speak to a Stop Smoking Advisor about quitting smoking. The days were very well attended by staff.
ECCH will continue to offer the support of the Stop Smoking Service to employees and the general public. To also inform, consult and train employees and visitors on the 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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