We know that Stoptober has helped thousands of people across the country to quit smoking, to help them feel healthier and help protect their families and loved ones.
At our Trust, we have been thinking hard about how we can help our patients, families and visitors quit for good so that our environment can be as pleasant and welcoming as possible.
For this reason, we have decided to make sure that Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust goes smokefree from 1 February 2020.
From this date we will ask that anyone visiting us that wants to smoke to do so away from NHS sites. This will include removal of smoking shelters and clearer information on how people can quit smoking for good.
We would like to hear from you to know how we can make sure this change will work best for everyone, including staff and patients.
Please let us know your thoughts via our online survey, which is open until Sunday 1 December.
Dr Chris Chiswell, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, said:
“It’s time for us to join many other NHS trusts around the country and quit smoking. More and more people are choosing a smokefree lifestyle, and it’s important that our hospital sites support and enable those who want to avoid the harms of tobacco smoke, either for themselves or their child.”
If you would like more information to help quit smoking for good, please search ‘NHS Smokefree’ online or call the dedicated support service on 0300 123 1044.