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Barts Health is committed to being smoke free in order to improve the health or our patients, the local community and staff.

Our smoke free vision

One of our public health ambitions is to reduce the ill health and early deaths which result from smoking. As part of this work the Trust gave people the chance to comment on our Smoke Free Vision in summer 2013. We have listened to what you’ve said and revised our Smoke Free Policy to reflect the majority’s opinion. The revised Policy sets the scene for this and will be enforced to create a smoke free environment

From the 1 October 2015 the Trust will be Smoke Free to protect the health of patients, staff and visitors as well as help patients to get support to stop smoking.

Being smoke free means:

  • not allowing smoking or the use of electronic cigarettes inside or outside our hospitals and health centres; this includes hospital grounds, gardens, doorways and entrances
  • staff helping patients who smoke by advising them of the health benefits of stopping and providing inpatients with nicotine replacement such as patches to help with cravings and make their hospital stay more comfortable as well as refer them to stop smoking services
  • the Trust may allow local authorities on our premises to enforce fixed penalties to people smoking on Trust premises
  • staff will be expected to lead by example by not smoking in uniform or visible ID badges, failure to follow the policy may result in investigation and management action being taken.

Help to stop smoking during your hospital stay

It’s never too late to quit smoking. And whatever the reason for your stay in hospital; it can be the ideal time to quit.

Even after just two days of being smoke free, toxins leave the body and this can speed up your recovery and reduce the risk of complications.

We’re making it easier for patients who are ready to quit smoking to get help during or after their hospital stay.

Our health professionals will give patients advice about how stopping smoking improves health and, if they’re ready to quit, referring them to the stop smoking service.

Ready to quit smoking

If you’re ready to quit smoking tell your health professional at the hospital. They will send your details to the stop smoking service to get you the support you need.

Alternatively if you’re ready to quit now, please contact the Trust's stop smoking services as follows:

Mile End, The Royal London and St Bartholomew’s Hospitals
Freephone: 0800 169 1943
Tel: 020 7882 8230
smokers-clinic@qmul.ac.uk

Newham University Hospital
Freephone: 0800 013 1673
stopsmokingteam@newham.gov.uk                                                                             

Newham Stop Smoking Services are provided by a local pharmacist. Find your pharmacist Stop Smoking Services in Newham. 

Whipps Cross University Hospital
Freephone: 0800 032 0102
Tel: 020 8532 6284
stopsmokingservice.bdchs@nhs.net 

Or Call the free Smokefree National Helpline to speak to a trained, expert adviser. Call now: 0300 123 1044

All lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm*. Read more here.

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