As part of our commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of our staff, patients and visitors, QA Hospital will be a smoke-free site from 14th January 2019.
Going smoke free will not only help protect people from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke on-site, but also play a significant part in reducing the number of people who smoke by providing support to help them quit.
Smoking rates have declined in Portsmouth over the last few years but 15.2% of adults living in the city still smoke - above the average for England. Deaths rates due to smoking in Portsmouth are also significantly higher than the national average - approximately 1,000 deaths over a three-year period (from 2014-16). That equates to over 300 deaths a year - almost 1 in 5 of all deaths in Portsmouth.
Smoking costs the NHS an estimated £2billion a year but the cost to society could be as much as £13.8billion each year. It also causes almost 80,000 premature deaths every year, and contributes to 1.7million hospital admissions.
Mark Cubbon says: “This is our hospital and our community and I would ask everyone to help us in our mission to make QA a smoke-free site. Lung cancer rates at Queen Alexandra Hospital are disproportionately high and more than two thirds of our patients are from other parts of the county. As the one of the largest employers in Portsmouth and one of the busiest acute hospitals in the UK, we have responsibility to help reduce smoking and, in turn, the serious illnesses related to it.
“Going smoke-free will mean a much more pleasant and safe environment for everyone who uses or works in our hospital - not to mention the improvements in health it will bring. There is plenty of support available to anyone who wishes to quit smoking for good, so I ask that all our patients, visitors and staff help spread the word.”
We’re launching a ‘social movement’ which asks local businesses, celebrities, social groups, MPs and Councillors, health organisations, voluntary organisations and the local community to pledge their support for a Smoke Free PHT. You can help us by filling in the pledge card provided below and posting a picture of yourself with your message on social media. Be sure to tag us in your post and include the #SmokeFreePHT. And lastly - encourage your colleagues, friends, family and business associates to do the same!
The Trust has a positive approach to people who use e-cigarettes instead of cigarettes. As a result, vaping or the use of e-cigarettes is allowed in the outdoor spaces of our site. It is not allowed inside any of the buildings. We also ask visitors and patients to be respectful of others and not use e-cigarettes outside our entrances or by windows.
All patients coming for appointments or procedures will be asked if they smoke. If you are a smoker then we will provide you with some very brief advice on how to quit. If you're staying with us for longer periods then various Nicotine Replacement Therapies will be offered to you.
There are also many advice and support groups that can help you quit smoking. Listed below are a number of organisations that can help you quit for good: