Airedale Trust will look at new guidelines

Craven Herald: Airedale Hospital Airedale Hospital

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust has said it will consider new guidelines to ban smoking at its Steeton hospital.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says measures are needed to help patients stop smoking while they receive care and preferably help them to stop for good.

While individual NHS trusts will have the final say, NICE says staff and people using NHS services, including clinics, should be told not to smoke in the hospital grounds.

NICE also says trusts should ban any designated smoking areas with no exceptions.

Rob Dearden, director of nursing for Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said it was in the process of reviewing its smoking policy and would consider the guidance from NICE as part of this process.

“However, we operate smoking shelters, which is pragmatic and realistic. Smoking is not allowed in any other part of the hospital or grounds.”

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