All of our Trust sites are now completely smokefree which means that you and your visitors are not allowed to smoke anywhere on our sites. This is part of our approach to support service users and staff to achieve a healthy lifestyle and reduce the harmful effects of smoking.
Smoking materials are prohibited items on Trust sites. If you come into hospital with tobacco products, cigarettes, lighters or matches, they will need to be given to staff. Cigarettes and tobacco products will be returned to you on discharge from the ward on request. Alternatively they can be given to a family member or carer to take home with them. Tobacco products, cigarettes lighters or matches will not be given back to you for any periods of leave from the ward.
Visitors are asked not to bring any cigarettes or tobacco products (including lighters) on to the ward.
Smoking anywhere on Trust sites is not permitted and is a breach of the law (the Smoke Free Regulations) to smoke inside any buidling which may result in a fine of up to £200. Helping us to maintain this policy protects other service users, staff and the care environment.
We are able to offer you nicotine replacement products such as patches, inhalators and lozenges on admission to keep you comfortable and craving-free. Please talk to your named nurse/key worker to access these. We also have trained advisors on the wards who can help you to stay smokefree and manage cravings. This will also be discussed with your doctor as the dose of your medication may need to change.
Provided you are 18 years old or over:
‘Vaping’ (use of an electronic cigarette/e-cig) is permitted by service users on Trust sites in outdoor areas, including ward gardens/courtyards (if available).
An e-cigarette can be supplied on admission if you wish to use one as an alternative to cigarettes. Some of the cafes and shops on Trust sites sell replacement cartridges.
You may use your own e-cigarette, staff will need to do a brief check of your device and charger to make sure they are safe.
Some services may have restrictions on e-cigarettes for safety reasons.