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’.
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.