To create a healthier environment for everyone, staff, patients and visitors are not allowed to smoke anywhere on our Trust 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. This is one of the reasons why they tend to have poorer physical health and a lower life expectancy.
We want to help reduce this inequality by creating a smokefree environment. 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% smokefree.
Support to quit smoking
We believe that the largest possible health and social gains for smokers will be achieved if we focus on making smoking cessation support a routine part of every individual’s care.
There is lots of support available to patients who smoke – 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.
Support is also available through the NHS smokefree service online at www.nhs.uk/smokefree or by phoning 0300 123 1044 (free). The service is available Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm and Saturday to Sunday 11am to 4pm.
E-cigarettes are commonly used as a tool to cut down and quit smoking. Evidence shows they are substantially less harmful than cigarettes. Some types of e-cigarettes are allowed on our sites. Please check with the local care team/manager about where you can use your e-cigarette and which types are allowed.