"Not happy about the non-smoking policy outside the hospital"

About: Rotherham Hospital / Trauma and orthopaedics

(as the patient),

I have been a patient at the Rotherham District Hospital and I stayed on ward B3 and B2. I had been having problems with a previous left hip replacement and was in acute pain. Although all nursing on both of the wards were good, I found the staff on B3 to be the best in respect to it being a much livelier ward.

I think a smoking area outside of the hospital would be better. I think it is wrong not to allow people to smoke in the grounds as being in hospital is stressful enough.

I feel that I was treated very well, my only upset was the above, I am in full agreement with any no-smoking policy - but I think it is harsh and unfair to include the outside. I suffer with my nerves and it would have helped me considerably if I could have had the odd cigarette outside. I fully respect a no-smoking policy indoors, I also only smoke outside at home, but everyone is different and a cigarette helps sometimes. People who do not smoke could never understand how a smoker feels. Stopping people smoking outside is just too harsh and unfair, especially considering that the psychiatric wards have a smoking area!

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Responses

Response from Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for taking the time to post your opinion.

The Trust took the decision to go smoke free after much consultation with patients, staff and Foundation Trust members, as did the other NHS organisations across South Yorkshire.

We appreciate that smokers may find it difficult to stop smoking during their stay and have a group of staff specifically trained and on hand to support patients. Patients should be asked on admission if they are smokers, and offered this support and nicotine replacement therapy if required.

We are soon to be opening a drop in centre on the main concourse of the hospital which will offer people advice, support and help in stopping smoking. We appreciate how difficult it can be for smokers and endeavour to provide support and a number of alternatives which may help them during their stay.

The psychiatric wards at the Trust are run by another organisation; but we believe that they too will shortly be introducing a similar policy.