Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is planning to move towards a total smoking ban at Homerton Hospital by the end of this year. Our engagement campaign raised questions which we have answered in our FAQ page here
The Trust plans to introduce the smoking ban in phases, the first phase being a ban on all staff smoking on-site from October. This is the month of the annual Stoptober campaign, a 28 day-long event each October run by Public Health England during which participants are encouraged to stop smoking.
Andreena Walton, the Trust’s smoking adviser said: “In October we will be calling on all staff to cease smoking on the hospital site. At the end of the year, the remaining smoking shelters will come down and anyone wishing to smoke will have to do so off site. We are currently liaising with the local authority and local residents. We will continue to encourage people – staff and patients - to give up smoking.”
Trust Chief Nurse, Sheila Adam said: “Smoke free public buildings and services have now been the norm for 10 years following the introduction of the Smoke Free England Law. Many NHS organisations are already totally smoke free and have been so for several years and there is now a national drive to ban smoking completely on all NHS sites.
“Smoking remains the number one health risk to people in this country and is the cause of many diseases and conditions which cost the NHS millions of pounds a year to treat.
"It is right and proper that we should be discouraging smoking on NHS sites but at the same time we propose offering nicotine patches and support to patients who are smokers whilst in hospital."
Homerton's Stop Smoking Service
If you are considering quitting smoking, and would like some support, Homerton offers a Stop Smoking service which you are welcome to access. More details can be found here, or alternatively, you can book an appointment using the details below:
- By phone: 020 8510 7248
- By email: firstname.lastname@example.org