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Ramsey and District Cottage Hospital becomes 10 December 2007

The Department of Health and Social Security has announced that from Saturday 1st December 2007, Ramsey and District Cottage Hospital became a smoke free premises by adopting the “Smoke Free Premises Policy”. All hospital buildings on the island now adopt a smoke free policy.

Hon W E Teare MHK, Minister for Health and Social Security said,

“I fully support the introduction of the ‘Smoke Free Premises Policy’ at Ramsey and District Cottage Hospital and I am pleased that Hospital Management has been able to address this issue in advance of the legislation, which is to be introduced next March. Given the serious health risks, it is important that all hospitals on the Island are smoke free in order to protect staff, patients and visitors from the dangers of exposure to second-hand smoke.”

Smoking is the biggest single cause of preventable illness and premature death in the Isle of Man and UK. It is estimated to cause around 190 deaths, 500 excess hospital admissions and 1760 excess GP consultations every year in the Isle of Man. In addition, it is now well established that second hand smoke causes a wide range of diseases including lung cancer, heart disease and respiratory problems. Second hand smoke has been classified as a Class A Carcinogen, which is the same level as asbestos.

On 30th March 2008 legislation prohibiting smoking in public buildings will be introduced and Hospital Management are introducing the “Smoke Free Premises Policy” in anticipation of this. Notices to this effect will be displayed throughout the hospital site and patients receiving treatment will receive written notification along with appointment letters. The hospital will also be offering a programme of support to patients who would like help to quit smoking. Several staff at the hospital have received special training in smoking cessation, organised as part of the Quit4You programme, and will be available to provide assistance where required.

Any enquiries regarding the above should be directed to Hospital Administration by telephoning (01624) 811860.

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