Our hospital sites and grounds are going smoke free
From 31st May 2017, we will be a smoke-free organisation. From that date, smoking is not permitted anywhere on any of our premises, either inside or outside the buildings. Our staff will ask you about your smoking status when you come to hospital and will offer you support, including Nicotine Replacement Therapy to help manage your symptoms of withdrawal.
The use of e-cigarettes has never been permitted anywhere on our hospital sites, as they are not a regulated product or endorsed by the NHS. As an alternative, we can prescribe evidence-based products to help with any withdrawal from nicotine, and are able to refer to the local Stop Smoking Service if you wish to stop smoking altogether. People who attend the Stop Smoking Service are four times more likely to quit smoking successfully.
If you want to stop smoking, you can also contact the Quit Squad, freephone 0800 328 6297.
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.