20 September 2018

Trust goes Smoke-Free this Stoptober


Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will become a completely smoke-free zone from 1st October 2018.


Patients and visitors will no longer be allowed to smoke anywhere on the premises of the Northern General Hospital and the Royal Hallamshire Hospital (in addition to Jessop Wing, Weston Park Hospital and Charles Clifford Dental Hospital which are already smoke-free sites).


The Trust’s community sites will also become smoke free. This includes Firth Park, Beech Hill, Manor Clinic and Heeley Dental Clinic.

The Trust is encouraging smokers to take up the support available to help them quit to coincide with the launch which happens on the first day of ‘Stoptober’.
 

Karen Jessop, Interim Chief Nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We know that around a quarter of cancer deaths and a third of respiratory related deaths are estimated to be attributable to smoking and that the number of Sheffield residents who smoke is approximately one in five. This is why we hope the move to having smoke-free sites will encourage our staff, patients and visitors to seek support to help them quit.

“We also know that quitting smoking is extremely difficult and we have therefore amended our smoke free policy to permit vaping on hospital grounds to encourage the ‘swap to stop’ method of quitting tobacco. We do however ask that people vape away from windows and entrances and are mindful of others around them.”

The Trust will be working in partnership with Yorkshire Smoke Free Sheffield to encourage more people to quit. To find out more about quitting, visit www.yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk or call 0800 6120011 (free from landlines) or 0330 6601166 (free from most mobiles). The direct line for pregnant women is: 0114 2265627.


ENDS
 

Additional information:

From October 1st 2018, all buildings and grounds across our
hospital and community sites will become smoke free.

This includes the Northern General Hospital and the Royal Hallamshire Hospital (in addition to Jessop Wing, Weston Park Hospital and Charles Clifford Dental Hospital which have been smoke-free for some time now).

Our community sites include Firth Park, Beech Hill, Manor Clinic and Heeley Dental Clinic.

Are there any exceptions?

As from the 1st October all our sites will be 100% smoke free. This
means that smoking is not permitted in or around any Trust site,
including wards, buildings, entrances, grounds and gardens. This
applies to all service users, visitors, contractors, visiting staff and
students.

Is vaping ok?

Vaping in the grounds is allowed, away from open windows and
entrances. Staff must not be identifiable as employees while vaping.

What help is available to help me quit?

Smoking cessation support is available to anyone, see contact details below.
If you are an inpatient, Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is available to help you manage not smoking while in hospital. This maybe the start of a quit attempt or on temporary grounds (temporary abstinence).

Why are we going smoke free?

There are many reasons for the decision to go smoke free including:
• One in two long-term smokers will die early from smoking related
diseases.
• Smoking is a major cause of premature death and loss of healthy
life expectancy.
• Around a quarter of cancer deaths and a third of respiratory
related deaths are estimated to be attributable to smoking.
• Four out of five people don’t smoke and of those that do many
would like to stop.
• Public support for controls on smoking in public spaces is high.
• The annual local NHS cost of smoking is over £23 million.The trust is supporting the Sheffield city wide policy to be a smoke free
city which includes all health and social care premises to be smoke free.

What does it mean for me?
Patients:

• Patients will not be allowed to smoke anywhere in hospital
buildings or grounds.
• You will be asked not to smoke during a home visit.
• You will be asked if you smoke, and if you would like help to stop.
• You will be offered nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) whilst in
hospital.
• You will be sign-posted to the local smoking cessation service.
• You will be allowed to vape in the hospital grounds. We do ask
that you vape away from entrances and open windows.


Visitors:

Visitors will not be allowed to smoke anywhere in hospital
buildings or grounds.
• You will be allowed to vape in the hospital grounds. We do ask
that you vape away from entrances and open windows.
 


Staff:

• Staff will not be allowed to smoke anywhere in hospital buildings
or grounds.
• Staff will be allowed to vape in the hospital grounds but must not
be wearing a trust uniform or visible identity badge. We do ask
that you vape away from entrances and open windows.


Contractors / Visiting staff / Students


• Will not be allowed to smoke anywhere in hospital buildings or
grounds.
• Will be allowed to vape in the hospital grounds but must not be
wearing a trust uniform or visible identity badge. We do ask
that you vape away from entrances and open windows.

 

Further Information/Contacts

Please talk to a member of staff if you would like further information
about our Smoke Free Policy or would like to stop smoking.

Yorkshire Smoke Free provides community run stop smoking support.
To find out more information about the services they provide see their
website or give them a call:

• http://yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk
• 08006120011 (free from most land lines)
• 0330 660 1166 (free from most mobiles)
 



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