Visiting and mask guidance

Face masks must be worn at our hospitals in certain areas. Please see information for visitors > for all guidance on visiting.

Smoking in our hospitals and support to quit

UHDB is proud that our hospitals have a smokefree approach for a number of years. We are committed to creating a healthier place for patients, visitors and staff and need support from patients and visitors to keep the hospital and grounds smokefree.

Find out more on our Smokefree hospitals page >

 

Tobacco dependency treatment

We are launching a brand new initiative to support patients and our communities in quitting smoking.

Tobacco Dependency Treatment (TDT) involves personalised support to stop smoking that will be available to all inpatients in our hospitals who smoke, and also pregnant people and their partners who access our maternity services.

If you choose to take part, we will support you with a variety of options, whether that’s just a quick conversation with the person who is treating you, or a prescription of Nicotine Replacement Treatment – ranging from patches, gum and medication. Following a brief consultation upon your admission, we will offer whatever level of support you feel comfortable with, and guide you over a 12 week period as your non-smoking journey continues after you have been discharged from hospital.

We have already helped a huge number of smokers who have been admitted to our hospitals, and should you want to, we will do all we can to support you in overcoming the addiction – and the reason behind this is simple: quitting smoking saves lives.


You recover from smoking sooner than you think

You can recover from smoking sooner than you may think, with benefits seen as soon as 20 minutes after quitting for good. The sooner you quit, the sooner you’ll notice changes to your body and health.

You recover from smoking sooner than you may think

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What can I do now?

If you want help to quit now, you don’t need to be admitted to our hospitals for support to be given – the NHS provides a range of tools that can guide you in your journey to kick the habit. You can access national resources to help you quit smoking here, including the NHS Quit Smoking App (opens in new window) >

If you are pregnant, you can also view our tailored support to stop smoking during pregnancy here, on our You and your baby’s health during pregnancy page >