Smokefree support

Why we are a smokefree site

The Walton Centre is committed to ensuring a safe and healthy environment for its patients, visitors and staff and has a duty to protect them which is why all premises and grounds are smokefree.

Electronic cigarettes are also not permitted

Giving up smoking is the single, most important thing you can do to improve your health. If you can give up before your surgery you can greatly improve your recovery time.

To find your nearest local stop smoking service contact:

0300 123 1044

You can also access the website: http://www.nhs.uk/smokefree

Help for patients during your hospital stay

We understand that giving up smoking can be difficult, but we can help. We can give you Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) when you are admitted. If you have already started stop smoking treatments before your admission, please bring enough supply for your stay as not all treatments are available from the hospital pharmacy.

Using NRT will help you to feel more comfortable and in control of your cravings.

If you are having surgery, stopping smoking will improve wound healing and recovery from anaesthetic.

Stopping smoking just for your hospital stay can improve your circulation and reduce the risk of infection.

Many people find it easier to stop smoking in hospital because your habits and routines are different.

Using NRT can increase your confidence to stay stopped once you go home.

Why not give it a try –

it might be easier than you think!

If you are not ready to stop completely, using NRT can help you to reduce your smoking or stop temporarily which will help, especially if you are unable to leave the ward during your treatment.

Consequences of smoking

Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals some of which have immediate effects that compromise the body’s ability to heal and increase the risks associated with general anaesthetic.

These effects include:

1. Increased blood pressure

2. Increased heart rate

3. Poor circulation

What are the benefits of

giving up smoking before surgery?

  • Wounds will heal more quickly
  • Less chance of developing a chest infection
  • A lower risk of developing blood clots
  • Less need for pain relief after surgery
  • Reduced risk of complications during and after the operation
  • Faster recovery time
  • Less time spent in hospital

Common withdrawal symptoms

  • Light-headedness—less than 48 hours
  • Headaches—less than1 week
  • Depression– less than 4 weeks
  • Cravings—less than 2 weeks
  • Insomnia– less than 1 week
  • Irritability– less than 4 weeks
  • Anxiety—less than 4 weeks

Using NRT will help to:

  • Reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms
  • Reduce cravings
  • It will give you a lower, slower delivery of nicotine to the brain
  • It provides a coping behaviour
  • It works in two stages—by giving you the time to change your behaviour then gradually reducing the dose of NRT

If you wish to continue to stop smoking when you leave hospital, your nurse will ensure  that you have one week’s supply of NRT to take home and will refer you to your local stop smoking service for follow up.

Returning to your familiar smoking environment is one of the main reasons for relapse in patients when they are back at home. Referring on the local stop smoking service will give patients the best chance of success.

What is second hand smoke?

Second-hand smoke is a complex mixture of gases and particles. Whenever you light up, second hand smoke is produced. This is the smoke exhaled by you, plus the smoke created by the lit end of a cigarette. This isn't just unpleasant, it can be a killer.

Second-hand smoke also contains about 4,500 other chemicals, many of which are irritants or toxins and more than 50 are known carcinogens. They're the ones that can cause cancer.

More than 80 per cent of second-hand smoke is invisible and odourless. Opening windows and doors does not remove its effects.

How harmful is second hand smoke?

Everybody’s health can be affected by second-hand smoke. People who breathe in second hand smoke are at risk of many of the same diseases as smokers, including lung cancer and heart disease.

Breathing in second hand smoke can increase your risk of lung cancer by 24 per cent and heart disease by 25 per cent. Children are particularly vulnerable, and pregnant women who breathe in second hand smoke can pass on harmful chemicals to their babies.

Ready to quit?

Breathe easy, support isn’t far away

To find your local NHS Stop Smoking Service, call

0300 123 1044