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Smoke / Vape Free Site

Smoking and vaping anywhere in hospital grounds is not permitted. 

What does this mean for you?

If you are a smoker / vaper, you are not allowed to smoke anywhere on site. Designated smoking areas have now been removed.

If you need to stay over in hospital, you will not be allowed to smoke at all anywhere on the hospital site, including outside areas. If you can't go without smoking and you don't want to give up, you can ask for Nicotine Replacement Therapy to help reduce cravings.

For those who want to stop smoking, hospital-based stop smoking advisors can offer support and give information on the local services. Ask staff on the ward for more information.

If you are visiting a friend or relative in hospital, you will not be allowed to smoke anywhere within the hospital building or in the grounds.

We are committed to creating a healthier place for our patients, visitors and staff and need support from everyone to keep the hospital and grounds smoke free. This is to ensure that we promote healthy behaviours and minimise the risk of harm to others from passive smoking.

If a Patient Wants to Leave a Clinical Area to Smoke

If a patient wishes to smoke but needs to be accompanied, they will be advised that staff are unable to accompany them offsite to smoke. Patients who smoke and wish to stop can request so on admission and NRT will be administered. Its use will be reviewed regularly.

Smoking Cessation Ambassadors

A number of trust staff have been trained as cessation ambassadors. Their role is to help patients interested in quitting or needing advice on using Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) on a one-to-one basis. Patients and visitors can ask to speak to an ambassador who can be identified by a specific badge.

Protecting our Staff

If a patient or visitor is abusive towards our staff, they will be asked to leave the premises and grounds immediately. This may also result in the person only being able to receive emergency treatment.

For free support and advice on how to quit smoking call: 0300 123 1220; Text QUIT to 87023 or visit www.oneyoukent.org.uk.