From 1 January 2019 Salisbury District Hospital will be a smoke free site
As part of a national initiative to promote healthy living and reduce the costs and impact of poor health on the NHS, all NHS organisations have to be smokefree.
This will mean that patients, visitors, contractors and staff will not be able to smoke anywhere on an NHS site, including Salisbury District Hospital and any other organisation’s facilities situated on our land. Smoking will also not be allowed in Trust vehicles and in on-site accommodation areas. E-cigarettes and vaping will be allowed. However, this will have to be carried out in designated external areas and not inside hospital buildings.
Why is the NHS making these changes
- Smoking causes around one in six of all deaths of people aged 35 and over
- Smoking can cause a number of illnesses, and aggravate others, including – heart disease, cancer, Alzeimer’s Disease, angina, Crohn’s disease, gastric and duodenal ulcers, dental disease, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, cataracts, macular degeneration, psoriasis, fertility issues, depression, hearing loss, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and dementia
- Second-hand smoke is other people's tobacco smoke and can also lead to heart disease and lung cancer, and make illnesses like asthma worse. The effects of second-hand smoke on children can be more serious because their bodies are still developing
What are the benefits of giving up smoking
The NHS recognises that a move to totally smokefree sites will have an impact on patients and staff. However, this is an opportunity to make lifestyle changes that could have a positive impact on your future
- By giving up smoking you can reduce the risk of developing many smoking related illnesses
- Within 10-15 years of giving up, an ex-smokers' risk of developing lung cancer is only slightly greater than someone who has never smoked
What support is available
Specific advice for patients:
- We ask all patients about their smoking behaviours (including use of e-cigarettes and other nicotine containing products). This information is important to know when planning medical treatment and prescribing medications
- Hospital staff are non-judgmental, and keen to help patients appropriately. If the patient would like them to, staff can give advice about the best ways to stop smoking and refer to the hospital smoking cessation nurse for support
- Nicotine replacement therapy is available for sale at the pharmacy, however if you are an inpatient please ask your healthcare team for advice.
- If you have a planned admission to hospital coming up and you are using a nicotine replacement therapy, please bring this into hospital with you.
- For further support and advice for inpatients who wish to quit smoking, or need help managing withdrawal symptoms whilst in hospital, please speak to your healthcare team.
Advice for visitors
Advice for staff
- Occupational Health (OH) will be able to provide advice and guidance to staff who want to use this as an opportunity to give up smoking.
- OH can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org