QUIT is being implemented in all eight acute, mental health and children’s NHS Trusts across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw as part of a broader Healthy Hospitals Programme.
Every hospital site across the region is working towards being completely smoke-free.
Nurses will offer anyone admitted to hospital who smokes very brief advice about the support and treatment available and offer all patients aged 12 and over nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) on an opt-out basis as part of their routine hospital care.
NRT - such as skin patches, gum, inhalers, tablets, lozenges and sprays – are very effective in managing unpleasant nicotine withdrawal symptoms, such as cravings and agitation.
People admitted to specialist mental health services will also have the option of vaping products to help them manage cravings and increase their chances of stopping smoking during hospital stays that can last several months.
QUIT also offers advice and support to the parents of children admitted to children’s hospitals in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw who smoke.
Thanks to funding from Yorkshire Cancer Research, each hospital now has a team of specialist Tobacco Treatment Advisors. They will see all patients who smoke while they are in hospital. Their role involves:
- Checking whether patients are having any withdrawal symptoms
- Suggesting any changes needed to tobacco treatment medications
- Advising and helping to plan ongoing, community-based stop smoking support and medications for patients after they leave hospital
- Providing support and treatment to all NHS staff who smoke
To help doctors and nurses deliver QUIT, all NHS Trusts in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw now have a Healthy Hospital Programme Manager and a Health Improvement Manager who will work with their Tobacco Treatment Advisors.