Better Health website
The Department of Health stated in
2017 that there was a requirement to make all mental health inpatient
services and sites Smokefree in 2018.
To support this, a Smokefree
initiative was introduced across the Trust, to protect everyone from the
harmful effects of tobacco and second-hand smoke.
Being Smokefree will ensure that
staff and service users have the support they need to lead healthy lives.
Smoking tobacco products on any Trust
premises, including hospital buildings, grounds and car parks is not permitted.
Giving up smoking is a personal
choice, but it is the most important thing service users can do for their
health and those around them. We will respect their decision and support them
to give up if you choose to.
People who have a planned admission
to one of our wards, can contact their local stop smoking service (see below)
or their GP and ask for Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) to take into
hospital with them.
They can also ask to see an NSFT
Smoking Cessation Practitioner who can help to either manage without nicotine
during the hospital stay or provide support to give up for good.
If they want to stop smoking for
good, they may be offered a prescribed medicine called Varenicline (Champix®).
This works by reducing your craving for a cigarette.