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Frequently asked questions

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RDaSH is a Smokefree NHS Trust

RDaSH is a smokefree NHS Trust meaning that smoking is not permitted anywhere inside hospital buildings or on hospital grounds.

Who does this apply to?

Everyone, including all patient, service users, staff, visitors, and contractors. There are no longer designated areas for patients to smoke. That’s a positive thing because even though we already have a Trust policy for staff, visitors and contractors it will be smokefree for everyone with no exemptions.

What does this mean in practice?

Outside smoking areas for patients/service users were removed on 1st March 2016.  Staff are no longer able to facilitate smoking during escorted leave. Patients are not permitted to bring any type of smoking paraphernalia: lighters, cigarettes, tobacco, matches, e-cigs onto wards and staff are not required to keep it for safekeeping.

RDaSH is committed to providing a level of nicotine replacement therapy so that any smokers can manage nicotine withdrawal comfortably.   There are Smokefree Champions on our wards who can provide behavioural support and advice so that patients can hopefully quit for a longer period rather than just their stay in hospital.

We will help our staff to quit through the support of local stop smoking services.

We will transform our outdoor space that was previously associated with smoking shelters.

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Don’t staff and patients have a right to smoke?

There is no legal right to smoke. However we do have to have a duty of care to protect the health of our staff and patients and to promote healthy behaviour among, people who use, or work in, our services.

What about patients who need to smoke?

There is no obligation to permit people to smoke. Nothing harmful will happen to someone if they do not smoke. But because someone may feel uncomfortable and experience withdrawal symptoms we will help manage the withdrawal symptoms during their stay through the use of Nicotine Replacement Therapy

What about e-cigarettes?

E-cigarettes containing batteries represent a fire risk therefore the charging of battery-powered e-cigarette devices is not permitted at RDASH.

Disposable e-cigarettes (E-Burn) are available and these are issued free-of-charge to inpatients.

The smoking of disposable e-cigarettes inside any Trust buildings or bedrooms will not be permitted. Patients are to only use them in designated outdoor areas.

Can staff smoke in their uniform?

No, staff are not permitted to smoke whilst in uniform, irrespective of whether they are on duty, or on Trust premises, when the uniform is identifiable as a Health Worker’s uniform. This principal equally applies to staff wearing an identity badge. It is not appropriate for those staff who can be recognized as a representative of the Trust generally to be seen smoking as this is in conflict with the NHS aims to improve health and reduce smoking.

Can staff smoke in their car?

Smoking is not permitted in Trust owned, leased or hired vehicles. Smoking is not permitted in privately owned vehicles while traveling with other Trust staff on Trust business. Smoking is not allowed on Trust’s premises in a private vehicle.

What about when staff members take a patient on leave, it’s a good no smoking signway of building relationships.

No, staff members are on duty and it is their responsibility to promote health and well-being. Staff should not smoke with service users/patients.


Can staff take a break to leave the site and have a cigarette if they make sure that they work the time back at the end of the day?

No, there are no such things as cigarette breaks. Staff are only permitted to smoke during their agreed and official unpaid break times such as lunch time. It is up to you to manage without a cigarette during work hours. You smoke partly because you are addicted to nicotine and partly because of the habit you have built around smoking.Customer being shown how to use nicotine replacement patches in pharmacy.

The QUIT Programme at RDaSH

The QUIT Programme is a new, comprehensive secondary care treatment programme for tobacco addiction. At its heart is systematically identifying all active smokers admitted to our hospital settings and immediately offering nicotine replacement therapy and other medications, as well as specialist support, for the duration of the admission and after discharge. The QUIT programme can also support staff who wish to abstain from using tobacco whilst at work or who want to quit for good.

RDaSH is presently recruiting a team of Tobacco Treatment Advisors to work across the Trust. They will be on hand to offer support to staff and patient. For more information, please contact

How can I currently get more support or advice about stopping smoking?

You can seek advice from your local stop smoking service or pharmacist.

Doncaster and Rotherham staff should call Yorkshire Smokefree for phone support on 01302 561722 or email:

North Lincolnshire staff should contact the North Lincs Healthy Lifestyle service on or 01724 298212.

Quit smoking with our Staff Smoke-free Reward Scheme.

We care about your wellbeing, we want our staff to be able to lead healthy and Smokefree lives.

We understand that quitting smoking can be really hard, the average smoker tries to quit a 8 times before quitting for good.

That’s why we’ve linked up with local smoking cessation services to offer the Smokefree reward scheme.

To take part in the scheme you need to;

  • Have the motivation and want to quit smoking for good!
  • Be referred to your local stop smoking service through our Health and Wellbeing Team.
  • Engage with the programme through telephone appointments, face to face or group sessions.
  • Successfully complete the programme and be Smokefree.

After becoming Smokefree, not only do you get to reap the benefits of a healthier life, but also you get a £20 Love2Shop Gift Voucher from the Wellbeing team to reward yourself for your hard work in quitting!

To sign up, contact the Health and Wellbeing officer Sarah Reynolds on 07967779968 or

What Do You Think?

Help RDaSH go smokefree by sending in your ideas!

We welcome your views on the RDaSH smokefree policy. Please e-mail if you require more information.