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 improved stop smoking support for Trust staff
  • Ensure NRT is easily accessible via onsite or nearby pharmacies
  • Promote smokefree entrances and exits across all hospital sites

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!

Find out more…

Smokefree poster (474kb)
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