Going smoke free for ‘Stoptober’

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust is this month going smoke free at all our hospitals.

To coincide with ‘Stoptober’, England's mass 28 day stop smoking campaign, from October Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust will start to go smoke free.

This means from October our people, patients and visitors will not be permitted to smoke in any of the hospitals' grounds, buildings, entrances, car parks and outside eating areas. This includes e-cigarettes.

Nicola Bullen, associate director of health and wellbeing said: “As an NHS trust, it is important that our hospitals promote good health and wellbeing. Becoming smoke free is an important step to ensuring that people coming to our hospitals are welcomed by a healthy, clean and pleasant environment.

“We have a role in helping our patients give up smoking too. We recognise how difficult giving up smoking can be and we are working in collaboration with the Kick It Stop Smoking Service, to promote the free support which is available to local people.”

A Kick It Stop Smoking Advisor has recently joined the Trust and runs clinics at the three main hospital sites to offer more convenient support to both staff and patients.

For further information, patients should ask their nurse or doctor, and employees of the Trust can contact occupational health or visit www.imperialhealthatwork.co.uk