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To create a healthier environment for everyone, staff, patients and all visitors we have not allowed smoking anywhere on LPFT sites – including wards, grounds and vehicles since 2016.
People with mental health problems are more likely to smoke, and to smoke more heavily, than the general population and this is one of the reasons that they tend to have poorer physical health and a lower life expectancy.
At LPFT we want to help reduce this inequality by creating a smokefree environment across all of our sites. This is in line with National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance which recommends that all hospital sites, including mental health hospitals, should be 100 per cent smokefree.
There is lots of support available to patients who smoke to help them through the change – whether they wish to stop smoking permanently or for the duration of their appointment or stay with us.
If you are a patient or carer please speak to any clinical staff member for support, or contact ‘Quit51' stop smoking support services, which are available for anyone who wants to quit smoking.
Alternatively, referrals can be made through your GP who can also prescribe nicotine replacement products to help you.
Support is also available through the national smokefree service online at www.nhs.uk/smokefree or by phoning 0300 123 1044 (free) to speak to an expert adviser.
There are a number of frequently asked questions available on our website to answer any questions you may have about LPFT going Smokefree. Read more here.