On Friday 19 June 2015, Guy’s and St Thomas’ went smoke-free. Patients and visitors are not permitted to smoke anywhere on our hospital and community premises including the grounds and gardens. On 1 January 2014, the Trust banned its staff from smoking on its premises.
Why have we done this?
This is to ensure that we promote healthy behaviours and minimise the risk of harm to others from passive smoking.
This new policy is in line with The Health Act (2006) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance on smoking in secondary care services (2013).
Smoking is the main cause of preventable illness and premature death in England. It causes a wide range of diseases and medical conditions, including cancers, respiratory diseases, coronary heart disease, impotence and infertility.
What does this mean for me?
If you are having a planned admission, the best thing you can do is contact your local stop smoking service to find details of your local service or contact your GP and ask for Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) to use during your hospital stay. This will mean that you won’t crave for cigarettes during your stay and you can start using the product before you arrive if you wish.
If you have an unplanned or emergency admission, you can ask any nurse or doctor to give you NRT to help with your nicotine withdrawal symptoms, and you can request a visit from the tobacco specialist.
- To offer nicotine replacement therapy to all patients who smoke.
Guy's campus to go smoke-free
King’s College London’s Guy’s campus is going smoke-free from Monday 5 September. This means that the whole of the Guy’s site will be smoke-free from that date.
Smoking will not be permitted anywhere on the university campus or Guy’s Hospital site (PDF 389Kb). E-cigarettes will be permitted outdoors on the university campus but will continue to be banned on the hospital site.
If you would like some help and support to give up smoking please call us on 020 7188 0995 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.