Stopping smoking before you go into hospital in one of the best things you can do to reduce the changes of anything going wrong. There will be less chance of complications and better wound healing. If you would like to make plans to stop smoking before you come into hospital, then please contact your local stop smoking service by using our postcode search.
Hospital sites (including the grounds) are smokefree. Many people find that going into hospital is a great opportunity to stop smoking, but if you are not ready to quit, you can ask ward staff from Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) to help with any withdrawal discomfort that you may experience during your hospital stay as you will be unable to smoke.
Alternatively, you can ask a member of staff when you come into hospital to refer you to the hospital stop smoking service. A trained stop smoking advisor will visit you at your bedside to guide and support you through your quit attempt – this may include organising NRT if you feel that this will help you. You will also go home with a supply of NRT and information on how to continue to get NRT through your local community pharmacy.