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Smoke Free Musgrove

Smoke Free Musgrove

 

A Smokefree Site 

Why?

As champions of health, we are proud to be a Smokefree site and for that reason Smoking is not permitted anywhere on hospital grounds or within the buildings.

We are passionate about protecting our patients, visitors, volunteers and staff against the dangers to their health from smoking and smoke (passive smoking) and we believe that everyone coming to Musgrove Park Hospital expects and deserves to come to a clean and tidy hospital.

 

What does this mean for patients who smoke?

Smoke Free Block Yellow (1)We appreciate this can be challenging for patients staying a long period of time and therefore anybody visiting the hospital as an inpatient can receive free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) when staying on the wards.

If you are a smoker, all wards should be offering you a choice of NRT (patches, lozenges etc.), however; if they don’t, please ask your named nurse for some. If you would like to consider quitting in the long term, however; ward staff can refer you to the Somerset NHS Stop Smoking Service for support who is also available to come and speak to you on the ward. 

 

What other support can patients recieve?

For anybody wanting to quit smoking, free help/advice is available through Smoke Free Life Somerset by calling 01823 765006 / 08002461063  or texting QUIT to 6677. There is also further information available at https://www.smokefreelifesomerset.co.uk/ 

Please note that at Musgrove Park Hospital, we also host drop in clinics with the Stop Smoking Advisor which curently take place every Tuesday 10 – 13:30, Vascular department / Old X-Ray.

We would like to thank all our patients, visitors and colleagues who do smoke off site; without your support we would not have come as far as we have in terms of becomming a Smokefree Site.

Stoptober is back

Anytime is a good time to try and stop smoking and there is lots of support available. October sees the return of the national Stoptober campaign. This encourages people to try and quit smoking for 28 days because those who do have been proven as being five times more likely to quit for good. Read inspiring stories, find out about stop smoking medicines, services and more on the Stoptober website here.