Smoking restrictions at our hospitals

Patients and visitors

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Where you can smoke

Guy’s and St Thomas’ is smoke-free. Patients, visitors and staff are not permitted to smoke anywhere on our hospital and community premises including the grounds and gardens.

We are asking all of our visitors to support our smoke-free initiative by remembering not to smoke in our grounds. This is a positive step forward to a better healthcare environment for our patients and we want you to be an active part of it.

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.

Please see our FAQs (Word 82Kb) and smoke-free leaflet (PDF 823Kb) for more information.

  • Want help to quit?

    If you would like help or support to give up smoking, please see these services that can answer all of your questions and provide support tailored to your needs.

    • NHS Smoking Helpline – telephone advice on 0800 169 0 169,open 7am-11pm. They can provide advice in a range of languages.
    • Southwark residents – call freephone 0800 169 6 002.
    • Lambeth residents – call freephone 0800 856 3 409.
    • Visit our stop smoking service.
    • to speak to the stop smoking service based in our hospitals, call 020 7188 0995 or email
    • National smoke-free website.

Smoke-free policy

Smoking on Trust premises, including buildings and grounds, is strictly prohibited. For more information download our smoke-free policy (Word 159Kb).