Hospital Service (Staff and Patients)

Stopping smoking before going into hospital is hugely beneficial to your health as it reduces the risks of complications and improves wound healing. It is recommended that ideally people stop smoking at least 8 weeks before having an operation. People can access their local community service before a planned hospital admission and then once they are admitted, one of our hospital advisors can take over your support.

As hospitals are a smoke-free environment, they can provide a great opportunity for people to start a quit attempt. Our specially trained advisors receive referrals for patients to the service daily from hospital staff. Advisors will then visit patients on the ward to have a discussion about their smoking and to see if they would like support to stop. They can arrange for a supply of medication such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) if required and a supply to take home with you. This support can then be carried on with from our community services after discharge.

However, if people are not ready to stop smoking, we can provide Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) to help with any withdrawal symptoms you may experience while in hospital.

We have specialist hospital stop smoking advisors in the RIE, WGH, SJH and the REH. Our advisors are there to support both patients and staff who wish to stop smoking. Please see contact details for telephone numbers.

Last Reviewed: 09/09/2013