We take the cleanliness of our hospital very seriously indeed and enforce a number of policies to keep it clean and well presented for patients, visitors and staff. Queen Alexandra Hospital is a non-smoking site and all staff, as well as all members of the management team are urged to challenge anyone who is seen smoking in the hospital grounds to move off site. Furthermore there are many ‘no smoking’ signs which are clearly visible around the hospital and there is also an automated message outside the Emergency Department advising patients and visitors that the hospital is a non-smoking site.
We must rely on our patients and visitors to respect our hospital and adhere to the policies and rules we put in place. Everybody who comes on site has a responsibility to adhere to our no smoking policy, by smoking off site away from the hospital and disposing of their rubbish in the right way. We are very proud of our hospital and all members of staff are working hard to keep it clean for our patients and visitors and I hope those who do smoke will help us by going off site or using the allocated smoking shelters to keep the hospital smoke and litter-free.
The Trust has a positive approach to people who use e-cigarettes or vapes instead of cigarettes. As a result vaping or the use of e-cigarettes is allowed across the outdoor spaces of our site. It is not allowed inside any of the buildings.
There are many advice and support groups that can help you quit smoking. Listed below are a number of organisations that can help you kick the habit.
A specialist smoking service which is part of a national scheme to help smokers who really want to stop smoking and need some help. The aim of the service is to provide advice and support by fully trained advisors, based on up to date information around the many issues to do with smoking and trying to quit.
Pompey Quit: Stop Smoking Services are open access to clients living in the Portsmouth area. Clients can also be referred from a health or non health practitioner. Contact them by phone on 023 92369234 or text POMPEY to 88020
Quit4Life: Quit4Life provides an NHS stop smoking service across Hampshire, with the exception of the unitary authorities of Southampton and Portsmouth. Call them on 0845 602 4663, email firstname.lastname@example.org or text QUIT to 60123
NHS Smoking Helpline 0800 169 0 169 10am - 11pm Daily
Textphone 0800 169 0 171 10am - 11pm Daily
NHS Pregnancy Smoking Helpline 0800 169 9 169 1 - 9pm Daily