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patients banned from smoking at home - UK

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PATIENTS are to be banned from smoking in their homes when health workers visit them.

Those who flout the ban and light up when nurses, midwives and other health workers call will have to agree to go to a "smoke-free" venue before they will be treated.

It is part of a tough new policy being introduced by Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which will also involve doctors and nurses at Rochdale Infirmary facing disciplinary action if they smoke anywhere in hospital grounds.

To protect themselves from the risk of passive smoking, staff making home visits will be able to ask patients and their relatives not to smoke while they are giving treatment.

The smoking ban will apply to anyone treated in their homes by staff from the trust, which covers Oldham, Rochdale and parts of north Manchester.

Staff who make home visits include midwives, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

Full Story: http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/news/s/137/137157_now_you_cant_smoke_at_home.html

I will be interested to see how this goes. Also, it will be interesting to see if patients forego health care in order to retain their cigarettes.

I believe all the hospital in my area went Tobacco free on the Great smoke out day 11/18 so this means everyone staff, Pts, visitors, and just smoke free but dip, snuff etc.

Is this a nationwide initive?

smoking still going they just go all the way to their car now which just means they are gone longer periods of time. The one I feel sorry for are the mental pts that have nothing else and really won't understand, they will see this as punishment i feel.

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