South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust signed a national pledge to go smokefree from 1 April 2019.

While the Trust’s hospital sites were already designated as no smoking areas, this latest move sees South Tees commit to:

  • Routinely offer smoking cessation advice to patients in all clinical areas and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) to all inpatients
  • Systematically record the smoking status of all patients
  • Provide smoking cessation training for Trust staff
  • Provide a stop smoking support programme for Trust staff
  • Ensure NRT is easily accessible from nearby pharmacies
  • Promote smokefree hospital sites – including entrances and exits

Why are we going smokefree?

We have pledged to go completely smokefree across our hospital sites from 1 April 2019 to help improve and protect the health of our patients, staff and visitors.

As part of our smokefree commitment, patients and staff will be given the tools and support they need to help them stop smoking. For example nicotine replacement therapy is now available on all of our wards and smokefree training is available to all staff as well as a 12-week stop smoking support programme.

We’re proud to be taking this step and are actively encouraging staff to start conversations about smoking with patients and to signpost them to local stop smoking support services where appropriate.

If you’re a patient, you have a lower risk of serious complications after operations if you don’t smoke. Quitting smoking helps people recover quicker from periods of illness or injury and have a lower risk of re-admission. People who don’t smoke also have a lower risk of wound infections and have a better chance of a shorter stay in hospital. We also know that patients undergoing cancer treatment like radiotherapy, also have better outcomes if they don’t smoke or stop smoking.

We want people to understand that there is no smoking allowed anywhere on our hospital sites, including the grounds. If anyone is seen smoking on our premises, our staff have the right to respectfully request for them to stop and extinguish their cigarette.

Did you know?

  • Over 8 million people in England smoke. Smoking continues to be the major cause of premature death, with nearly 80,000 smoking related deaths every year.
  • The cost of smoking to the NHS has been estimated at over £2.7 billion, with second-hand smoking costing the NHS a further £217 million per year.
  • Smoking is the main cause of preventable ill health and early death in our community. Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals in the form of particles and gases, and about 60 are known or suspected to cause cancer.

Maternity services lead the way

Maternity services are leading the way, working in partnership with local authorities and stop smoking services. Together they have already achieved smoking reduction by using the evidenced-based BabyClear model – offering Nicotine replacement on admission to hospital and rolling out stop smoking support to all clinical areas.

Figures show that the numbers of women smoking at delivery at South Tees reduced to 17.2% in the first half of the 2017/18 financial year, improving 36% since 2011/12 – the biggest drop in the region and double what has been achieved nationally!

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