22 October 2012

Another Kick the Butt Week success

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 entrances.

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 weekly basis.

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.

Click here to find out more about Stoptober.

NHS Nottingham University Hospitals
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