22 October 2012
Another Kick the Butt Week success
A third week of action to stop patients and visitors from
smoking outside Nottingham's hospitals has been successfully
undertaken at the Queen's Medical Centre and City Hospital.
Kick the Butt Week was held from 15-19 October to raise
awareness of the no smoking policy at Nottingham University
Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) - and offer stop smoking support.
During the week between 1.30pm and 4.30pm, volunteers and staff
wearing high visibility clothing politely asked people to stop
smoking or, if they wished to continue, to do so off hospital
property. This period is a peak visiting time and also a time when
people often choose to smoke outside of the hospital's main
Local Community Protection Officers were also patrolling our
sites and fining anyone found littering.
Some of the headlines from the week included:
- 15 Kick the Butt volunteers gave their time to patrol main
entrances, politely asking smokers to move off site
- Nottinghamshire Community Protection Officers issued 21
on-the-spot fines to both staff and the public for littering
(mainly for the discard of cigarette butts)
- New Leaf and Nottingham City Smoke-free Homes had a stand
inside the QMC main entrance to promote smoking cessation.
Nottinghamshire Community Protection Team has also committed to
regular patrols of our sites and these have been occurring weekly
since January. Nottingham City Council has committed to cleaning
the council-owned areas near the subway at the QMC entrance on a
The week of action also corresponds with Stoptober. During
October, thousands of people across England are taking part in
Stoptober - a new, exciting 28 day challenge to stop smoking.
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