The George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust will become a totally ‘smoke free’ site from 1st January 2016.
The Trust wishes to remind anyone coming to the Hospital that smoking will not be allowed on any part of the Hospital grounds.
The change to a smoke free site is based on NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines and the Trust’s own commitment to lead the way and set an example in providing a totally smoke free environment to protect and promote health.
Patients who do not want to stop smoking will be provided with stop smoking medication so they can manage without cigarettes during their hospital stay.
Smokers who want to quit can get help from NHS Warwickshire Stop Smoking Service which is available at a number of local locations, including at the George Eliot Hospital. Evidence shows that you are four times more likely to stop smoking with help and the Service provides individual support and stop smoking medicines tailored to your needs. When asked if they would recommend the service, 9 out of 10 smokers who've used a local Stop Smoking Service say they would.
Jane Wright, Public Health Manager at the Trust comments: “If you think you’ve tried every way to quit already, think again. There are new and better stop smoking products which are becoming available regularly. By using the Service you may well find something that suits you so you can become smokefree for life!”
To find your nearest Stop Smoking service log on to www.quit4good.co.uk or text LIFE to 80800. Alternatively call 0800 085 2917.
Copies of the new Smokefree site policy can be found on the George Eliot Hospital website www.geh.nhs.uk/visitors/smokefree-site-policy/