In 2006, the Trust became officially "smoke free" and smoking is not permitted in the hospital buildings nor within the hospital grounds. We have recently updated our Smokefree Workplace Policy and have extended the scope and level of support which we can offer to patients, visitors and staff to quit smoking or manage withdrawal symptoms.
The Trust has a Smokefree policy. Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the buildings or in the hospital grounds.
Staff can find out more information about the smokefree workplace policy on our intranet pages.
Every ward in our hospitals has a smoking cessation champion who is trained to give advice and support about smoking. If you are a patient and you are concerned about not smoking while in hospital, why not ask to speak to them?
Support to stop smoking
We actively encourage people to give up smoking, and if you come to hospital and you do smoke, it is part of our routine care to refer you to the local stop smoking service. Patients who smoke will be offered support to quit and manage withdrawal symptoms through the use of Nicotine Replacement Therapy .
If you are a smoker, now is the time to quit! You will be healthier in the long run, will heal quicker, will feel better faster and will be less likely to suffer from complications.
Get well sooner
Stopping smoking weeks, if not months before your visit, is best for your recovery. However, not everyone knows when they are going to be in hospital, but it’s never too late to quit. Hospital environments are completely Smokefree, this makes it an ideal opportunity to quit smoking with the right help. After only two days of being smokefree, carbon monoxide leaves your body and this can improve your recovery time.
Read more about stopping smoking before your hospital visit
Stop smoking service
People are four times more likely to give up smoking when they access specialist smoking cessation teams. From January 3rd you will be able to get support to stop smoking from a new provider. Please ring them from January on 0800 122 3788. Alternatively you can speak to a trained, expert adviser to get free support from the Smokefree National Helpline 0300 123 1044 or get more information on quitting from http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/smoking/Pages/stopsmokingnewhome.aspx or ask your doctor or nurse for more information.
Smokefree workplace and policies
More information is available for our staff on the intranet
For further information on quiting smoking you can also go the NHS Choices website.