Smoking has not been permitted inside any public buildings since 2007. Smoking is now no longer permitted anywhere within our hospital grounds, either inside or outside the buildings. Designated smoking shelters have been removed, and anyone wishing to smoke will need to leave the premises.
Gail Naylor, our Nursing and Midwifery Director, said, “Smoking is the single biggest preventable cause of ill health and premature death in the UK, and we have a responsibility to do everything we can to protect patients, visitors and staff from the harm caused by smoking, and exposure to secondary smoke. As an NHS organisation, we want to give a simple and unambiguous message that smoking is harmful to health.
“Smoking is an addiction, and we recognise that many people find it difficult to stop smoking, or do not want to quit.
“We’ll be asking every patient about their smoking status when they come to our hospitals for treatment, so we can provide advice and support, including nicotine replacement therapy, to help them stop smoking either temporarily whilst in our care, or as the initial step on the journey to stopping smoking entirely.”
Anyone who is thinking about stopping smoking should contact the Quit Squad Freephone 0800 328 6297. Evidence shows that the quit rate amongst patients who access support from stop smoking services is significantly higher than when you try to stop smoking on your own.
Frequently asked questions
How are you going to enforce the smoke-free site status?
We are advising patients in appointment letters that we are a smoke-free site.
When patients attend our hospitals, we will ask them about their smoking status, and offer them advice and support including nicotine replacement therapy.
Our staff will also give a smoke-free leaflet to anyone who is smoking whilst in our premises. This leaflet confirms we are a smoke-free site, and provides advice about stopping smoking, as well as information about accessing nicotine replacement therapy and support services.