George Eliot Hospital asks that patients and visitors refrain from smoking on site while visiting the hospital.
George Eliot Hospital went totally smoke free in January 2016 but still experiences people smoking at main entrances and public outside spaces.
The change was based on NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines and the ongoing commitment of the Trust to provide a smoke free environment, to protect our patients and staff and to promote healthier lifestyles to our wider community. NHS England have also stated that all hospitals will become smoke-free in 2018/19, leading to all NHS estates becoming smoke-free by 2019/20.
Smoking causes nearly 80,000 premature deaths per year and is estimated to cost £13.8bn to society (£2bn on the NHS through hospital admissions, £7.5bn through lost productivity, £1.1bn in social care).
Patients who stay at least one night at George Eliot Hospital are now asked if they smoke and smokers are encouraged, and given advice, on how to quit and support available to them. They are also provided with stop smoking products to help them manage without cigarettes during their stay.
Stopping smoking improves your physical and mental wellbeing, including a better sense of taste and smell. There are also financial benefits; a 20-a-day smoker can save up to £250 a month just by quitting.
George Eliot Hospital Medical Director, Dr Catherine Free, said: “Although there has been a reduction in the number of people smoking on site since going smoke free there is still room for improvement. We ask visitors and patients to support our policy and protect others by refraining to smoke on site.
“Smoking is still the single biggest preventable cause of death and disability in England, so anything we can do to support our local community to protect their health from the consequences of smoking is extremely important.”
Smokers who want to quit can get expert help from NHS Warwickshire Stop Smoking Service which means they are 4 times more likely to quit then going it alone - https://quit4good.warwickshire.gov.uk
Pregnant women who want to stop smoking can contact NHS Warwickshire Stop Smoking in Pregnancy Service- text or call 07917 227004 (you may be charged for this text/call– check with your service provider). The Service has specially trained advisors to help pregnant women stop smoking. Free stop smoking products and regular support are available.
May 31st 2018 is World No Tobacco Day and George Eliot Hospital encourages smokers to find out more by visiting http://bit.ly/2wxvQNZ
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