In April, it was revealed the Subiaco maternity hospital was in talks with the City of Subiaco to extend its no-smoking zones beyond hospital grounds. This followed concerns about pregnant women smoking near the hospital entrance.
The Times asked a JHC spokesman if a similar problem had arisen at Joondalup, with record numbers of new mums now attending the hospital.
More than 2700 babies were born at the campus during the 2011-12 financial year, with a bigger number expected for 2012-13. He said the hospital had ‘no particular issue with pregnant women smoking’ on campus grounds.
‘Women expecting a baby can obtain information on giving up smoking when they attend our ante-natal clinic or their GP,’ he said.
Referring to all hospital visitors, he said people did light up on the campus from time to time.
‘When reminded of our policy, most are happy to stub out their cigarette or move off-site, but ultimately our smoke-free policy relies on people’s goodwill and consideration for others,’ he said.
He said the entire campus, including the car parks, was smoke free.