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.