To create a healthier environment for everyone, staff, patients and all visitors are not allowed to smoke anywhere on SLaM sites – including wards, grounds and vehicles.

People with mental health problems are more likely to smoke, and to smoke more heavily, than the general population and this is one of the reasons that they tend to have poorer physical health and a lower life expectancy.

At SLaM we want to help reduce this inequality by creating a smokefree environment across all of our sites. This is in line with National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance which recommends that all hospital sites, including mental health hospitals, should be 100 per cent smokefree.

There is lots of support available to patients who smoke to help them through the change – whether they wish to stop smoking permanently or for the duration of their appointment or stay with us.

If you are a patient or carer please speak to any clinical staff member for support or contact your local stop smoking service. 

 Local stop smoking services

  • Croydon: Freephone 0800 019 8570
  • Lambeth: Freephone 0800 856 3409
  • Lewisham: Freephone 0800 082 0388
  • Southwark: Freephone 0800 169 6002
  • SLaM smoking cessation service: 020 3228 3848

Support is also available through the national smokefree service online at or by phoning 0300 123 1044 (free) to speak to an expert adviser.

If you have any questions about SLaM going smokefree please email or visit Smokefree Frequently Asked Questions.

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