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Smoke Free Healthcare Program

Smoke Free Healthcare Program

From 27 August 2014, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) is implementing changes to its Smoke-free Healthcare Program. The changes include establishing Designated Smoking Area (DSA) shelters at Randwick and Sutherland Hospital campuses where individuals are permitted to smoke. There is no smoking allowed in any buildings, parking areas or on hospital grounds.

Why are we changing?

People continue to smoke on our hospital grounds despite SESLHD being smoke-free since 2008.
 
Cigarette smoking is the largest single preventable cause of illness and death in Australia. To reduce the harm of second-hand smoke, SESLHD has made an amendment to its by-laws in accordance with section 39(1) (d) of the NSWHealth Services Act (1997) to certify that a specified area in each of the public hospitals, health institutions and health services may be excluded from the smoke-free area.
 
We hope that providing DSAs for smokers will lead to a voluntary reduction of smoking in smoke-free areas, helping SESLHD provide a clean and healthy environment.
 
If people continue to smoke outside of the DSA shelters, Authorised Inspectors may issue fines. This is in accordance with the NSW Smoke-free Environment Act (2000), which makes it a Penalty Infringement Notice offence to smoke in a smoke-free area (both indoor and outdoor section 7[1]).
 
There will be no DSA at St George Hospital due to construction nor will one be located at Sydney Hospital due to its proximity to public thoroughfares and public streets. Smokers are asked to smoke off the hospital grounds.
 
As part of the Smoke-free Healthcare Program, staff and patients will be offered Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), smoking cessation and treatment referrals.
 
For more information on the changes and how they affect you, please view the brochures and fact sheets on this page.

Factsheet

Brochures

Randwick Smoke free brochures

Sutherland Smoke free brochures

Staff tobacco cessation services