Kerry General Hospital a smoke-free campus from today

Kerry General Hospital and the adjacent HSE community services facility at Rathass are part of a tobacco-free campus from today. Kerry General Hospital, Tralee The new smoke-free regime applies to all staff, patients, visitors and contractors working in the hospital or on its grounds. From today, smoking is not permitted anywhere on the grounds of Kerry General Hospital. All patients are being informed of the new policy in advance of their admission to hospital and, when admitted, patients who smoke will be offered free nicotine replacement therapy during their hospital stay. Patients can also be referred to the HSE’s free Smoking Cessation Services, provided by the Health Promotion Department. Anyone visiting the hospital, as well as outside contractors who visit to do work, are prohibited from smoking anywhere on the hospital grounds. GPs and other key stakeholders were also informed in advance of the introduction of the new tobacco-free campus. The smoking ban also applies to Bantry and Mallow hospitals from today. The HSE is working towards tobacco-free campuses on all of its premises nationwide by 2015.