IT IS a fresh and healthy start to the new year for St Camillus’ Hospital, as it has now officially become a smoke-free campus.
As part of the HSE’s tobacco free campus policy, the Shelbourne Road hospital has become one of the first residential facilities for older persons in the Mid-West to take part of the initiative.
The hospital’s director of nursing, Sheila Mulcair, welcomed the introduction of the policy at their campus.
“We are committed to providing the best care environment for our residents, staff and all who visit our facility. The introduction of the tobacco free policy reflects our ongoing efforts to optimise health and wellbeing. We will continue to engage with our residents and staff to support them through this change,” she stated.
Maria Bridgeman, who is the HSE Mid-West senior operations manager for primary care, said that the smoke-free campus “sends out a clear message that we are committed to protecting and promoting the health of our residents, staff and all who use our service”.
She added that it was a “great start” to the new year for the local hospital, and that the HSE acknowledges the support from residents, families, staff and visitors.
“We will continue to work with them to reduce the use of tobacco and its harmful health effects and look forward to a healthier, smoke-free and clean environment in our older person residential facilities.”
Bedelia Collins, of the health and wellbeing division in the HSE Mid-West, also welcomed the hospital’s move to a smoke-free facility, and that they are treating addiction as a “care issue”.