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Thursday 29 June 2017
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Proud to be smoke-free

 
DHCFT proud to be smoke-free

Derbyshire Healthcare has extended its smoke-free commitments by becoming a smoke-free Trust, resulting in cleaner and healthy environments to everyone involved with the Trust.

This means that all staff, service receivers and visitors are not allowed to smoke or use e-cigarettes anywhere on our sites - including wards, grounds, vehicles and during home visits. 

Supporting you

We understand that becoming a smoke-free Trust will have an impact on some of the people who use our services. To help people who do smoke to stop smoking for a period of time, or quit for good, our staff will be there to support them every step of the way. They will also identify a smoking cessation care plan which includes alternatives that works best for the individual. 

We are providing training to our doctors and nurses so they are equipped to offer smokers with personalised advice and support on stopping smoking and nicotine withdrawal. 

A full package of support is also available to anyone admitted onto one of the Trust’s mental health inpatient wards. This includes a range of nicotine replacement therapies (NRT), such as patches, gum, lozenges and inhalators, to help them cope with their cravings.

We also want all patients on our mental health wards to benefit from extra activities to assist with their recovery. This will be possible because our nurses will have more time to spend with patients, as they will no longer be taking patients on ‘smoke-runs’.

Smoke-free home visits

Research shows that breathing in someone else’s cigarette smoke (passive smoking or second-hand smoking) can increase your risk of cancer and other health problems. We are therefore asking that, if you have a home visit from one of our doctors or nurses, you consider and respect the impact smoking has on their health and provide a smoke-free room for the visit to take place. 

As smoke can stay in the air for some time, even with a window open, we also ask that you do not smoke for up to one hour before an appointment.

E-cigarettes

We believe that e-cigarettes have not been around long enough yet for us to be certain of their long term effects.

For now the Trust has made the decision to treat them in the same way as smoking cigarettes. However this is under continuous review and may change as new evidence and national guidance emerges.

Local help to quit smoking

Support services are available locally to help people who wish to reduce their smoking habit, quit permanently, or prepare to go smoke-free for a period of time. These services include:

 

Alternatively, please visit the national smoke-free website for more information and advice or call 0300 123 1044 to speak to an expert adviser.     

Smoking: the facts

Smoking is the main cause of premature death in the UK, claiming the lives of around 100,000 people every year. Smoking also contributes to many preventable illnesses and hospital admissions for heart attacks, strokes, breathing problems and cancers.

Furthermore, people with severe mental health problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are three times more likely to be nicotine dependent than others, and as a result, on average tend to die earlier than the general population. 

In Derbyshire, smoking remains the most preventable cause of premature death, ill health and health inequality. Also, for people with a mental health condition, the smoke in cigarettes and cigars reduces the effectiveness of some types of medication – meaning larger doses are required to reach a similar therapeutic effect compared to that of a non-smoker.

It doesn't have to be this way and at Derbyshire Healthcare we want to discourage smoking by creating a smoke-free environment across all of our sites. We firmly believe in and agree with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance which recommends that all hospital sites, including mental health hospitals, should be free from smoke.