"My farther was admitted to Norfolk &..."

About: Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

What could be improved

My farther was admitted to Norfolk & Norwich hospital after falling and is a heavy smoker and does not want to give up aged 83. He knows he can’t smoke while in hospital but my sister did ask the doctor to prescribe nicotine patches, as he will suffer serious withdrawal symptoms, which won’t help his recovery. However, she was told that unless he says he’ll give up he wouldn’t be prescribed nicotine patches. I wish he would give up for his own health but realise that it is his wish. However, I find it condescending that the NHS policy on patients who do not wish to give up extremely worrying on the patients well-being and the indignity for my farther to suffer withdrawal symptoms.

Anything else?

For the NHS to consider the patients wishes and well-being. For the NHS to respond.

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Response from Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

If a patient requires Nicotine Replacement Therapy for an in-patient stay then that is possible. It's not conditional on the patient agreeing to give up.