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Patients & Visitors

Patients and visitors to all of our buildings and premises are NOT allowed to smoke:

  • inside any of our buildings (that’s hospitals, health centres, offices and any other NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde building)
  • in any of our outside spaces (including car parks, at entrances to buildings, any green spaces)
  • anywhere on any of our sites

This hard-line on smoking has been taken to protect patients, staff and visitors from the harmful effects of passive smoking.

It echoes the Scottish Executive’s own ban on smoking in enclosed spaces, which began on March 26, 2006.

Patients who need to stay over in hospital will not be allowed to smoke on site. However, if you feel you really need to smoke and don't want to take advantage of our stop smoking services, you can access Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) patches from staff.

If you are a patient who requires care in your own home, you will be asked not to smoke before and during a visit by health staff.

For more information on our ban, see our Smokefree Policy.


Use of E-cigarettes will be permitted for patients, visitors and staff with restrictions:

  • E-cigarettes may be used in hospital grounds, but NOT within buildings and NOT around main entrances, fire exits and any other doorways.
  • The type of e-cigarette permitted will be specified for inpatients (eg prefilled only).
  • Guidance will be provided regarding safe charging of e-cigarettes (specific restrictions for charging will apply for Mental Health inpatients).