"The smoking Problem at Charing Cross mental Health Unit"

About: Hammersmith & Fulham Mental Health Unit / 136 Suite

(as the patient),

The smoking problem

Patients being held in all day no fresh air getting agitated. The staff and patients all on top of one another. I think security guard should be up here.

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Response from Simba kaseke, Inpatient Service Manager, West London Mental Health NHS Trust

Dear Rifles261,

As you might be aware West London Mental Health NHS Trust implemented the Smoke Free policy on 11th January 2016 as recommended by National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE, PH48)

On admission all patients are offered very brief advice on smoking cessation and provided nicotine replacement treatment as part of physical healthcare assessment. Patients are supported and offered behavioural intervention to manage their cravings, cutting down to quit or stopping smoking. Psychoeducation lesson will be provided to patients to increase their understanding and awareness regarding their physical health.

A specialist smoking cessation advisor provides smoking cessation intervention to patients ( one day per week) in Hammersmith and Fulham Mental Health Unit. All the staff to receive Level 1 training and at least 3 staff from each have receive Level 2 so that they are able to effectively support patients.

As a result of the Smoke Free policy being implemented we stopped the smoking breaks that we used to facilitate and these have now been replaced by fresh air breaks and activities.

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