Smoking on our sites
Dr Sally Pearson, Director of Clinical Strategy explains:
“While people are compliant about not smoking in our buildings, we still face significant challenges with creating a fully smoke free environment on our sites. Despite our continued investment in signage and poster campaigns inside and outside our buildings, smoking does remain a problem at the entrances and exits to our buildings.
“The small number of people who ignore the requests to refrain from smoking continue to be the subject of complaints from patients, visitors and staff. We know that people do find it distressing when entering our sites to see people, particularly patients, smoking at the entrances.
“As an NHS organisation, we are absolutely committed to improving the health of local people. Smoking is an important contributory factor in a range of diseases, including heart disease, respiratory disease and a number of cancers.
“A priority for us is to draw attention to the support which is available to help smokers to manage their habit or to quit. Support to quit is available to all patients at both hospitals, as is nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to help them manage their cravings during their hospital stay.
“We appeal to people to think twice before smoking anywhere on our premises, including in the grounds of the hospitals.”