Helping Patients and Staff to Stop Smoking: The Essential Role of Acute Hospitals

25% of hospital inpatients are smokers, and over one million smokers are admitted. Many more attend outpatient departments. Acute hospitals therefore have a major role in helping patients and staff to quit smoking, but few have taken steps to fulfil this potential. To help acute  trusts and their staff, and other key health economy stakeholders, the South East Clinical Senate has reviewed the role of acute hospitals in smoking cessation, and developed a set of recommendations for trusts and their health system partners. These are contained in our publication, ‘Helping patients and staff to stop smoking: the essential role of acute hospitals’, which is endorsed by Public Health England.  

A renewed and re-invigorated focus on smoking cessation with this perspective, allied with an integrated approach to community based services, is going to be key to fulfilling the key ambition to reduce smoking rates in England, improve the quality and length of people’s lives, and help give the NHS a sustainable future.

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