King’s counts down to a smoke-free Denmark Hill site
From Monday 19 January 2015 the King's hospital Denmark Hill site is going completely smoke-free. Smoking within the hospital grounds will not be permitted for patients or visitors.
At the moment, patients and visitors can only smoke in specially-provided smoking shelters and staff are not allowed to smoke onsite. However, from 19 January the shelters will be demolished and smoking will not be allowed anywhere on the grounds. King’s will also be offering patients, visitors and staff more support to give up smoking.
Mr Michael Marrinan, Executive Medical Director at King’s College Hospital, said: “As a cardiothoracic surgeon, I have seen the damage that smoking can do. As a hospital we want to help people improve their health, and giving up smoking is an important way to do this.
“Making our hospitals smoke-free is a very positive move for everyone at King’s - it will make it a cleaner and healthier environment for all our patients, visitors and staff.”
Kate Perry, a staff nurse at King’s, gave up smoking recently after working with the hospital’s stop smoking advisor. She said: “I never thought I would be able to give up smoking after several failed attempts.
“I eventually managed to succeed with the support of the stop smoking advisor, who really took the time to understand my concerns and gave me lots of advice. It wasn't easy and you have to stick at it, but I've now done it and feel so much better!”