South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has signed a national pledge to go smokefree by March 2019.

While the Trust’s hospital sites are already designated as no smoking areas, this latest move will see 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, with an opt-out approach to referrals for specialist advice and support
  • Provide smoking cessation training for Trust staff
  • Provide stop smoking support for Trust staff
  • Ensure NRT is easily accessible via onsite or nearby pharmacies
  • Promote smokefree hospital sites – including entrances and exits

Why are we going smokefree?

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.

We are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment and acknowledge the health hazard and welfare issue of smoking and second hand smoke for patients, visitors, contractors and staff.

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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