Smoke free CHFT
Patients, visitors and staff are no allowed to smoke anywhere on trust premises, inside or out.
Our Medical Director, David Birkenhead, said: “We have been smoke free in our buildings since 2007, but in line with other trusts we ask people not to smoke anywhere in our grounds.
“We fully support the National Policy around smoke free hospitals. We have removed the designated smoking shelters and a there is a ban on smoking anywhere in the hospital grounds, including gardens, car parks and waiting areas.
“We know that smoking is the largest single preventable cause of ill health and premature death in the UK and as a Trust we want to provide an environment that promotes health and wellbeing. We are committed to protecting our colleagues, patients and visitors against the effects of smoking.
“We are hopeful that this decision will encourage patients, visitors and staff to make their own decision to stop smoking. We recognise that some people are dependent on nicotine, so we will make sure that we support them and signpost them to resources to help them to stop smoking.”
Calderdale Council's Better Living Service offer advice and support here.
Yorkshire Smokefree also offer a range of medications and face to face, online or telephone support to help you quit smoking. Stop smoking clinics are available in Halifax, Brighouse, Elland, Sowerby Bridge and Illingworth.
Laura Mitchell Health and Wellbeing Centre
Great Albion Street,
Telephone number: 01422 262373
0800 621 0011 free from landlines
0330 660 1166 free from mobiles
Self-care to stop smoking
If you do not wish to access FREE 1:1 support and medication from a specially trained adviser there are several self-care options available to you. Or you can go cold turkey!
The NHS Smoke free App is a free four week programme that puts practical support, encouragement and tailored advice in the palm of your hand. There are lots of other free apps to download to your phone. https://www.healthline.com/health/quit-smoking/top-iphone-android-apps
National Smokefree Website: ONE YOU https://www.nhs.uk/smokefree
Yorkshire Smokefree: https://yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk/pages/quit-online
CHFT colleagues can also find advice on the staff intranet, on the Occupational Health pages.
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is available as skin patches, chewing gum, inhalators, microtabs, lozenges, nasal and mouth spray. You can buy it over the counter from a pharmacy or your GP or stop smoking service can prescribe it, making it FREE if you are pregnant or exempt from prescription charges.
NRT is medication that provides you with a low level of nicotine, without the tar, carbon monoxide and other poisonous chemicals present in tobacco smoke. It can help reduce unpleasant withdrawal effects, such as bad moods and cravings which may occur when you stop smoking.
NRT patches are available which can be applied for 16 hours (apply in the morning and remove before bed) or for 24 hours
NRT for use during pregnancy – intermittent treatments are preferable to patches and liquorice-flavoured products should be avoided. If patches are used the 16 hour patches should be applied in the morning and removed before bed
An e-cigarette is an electronic device that delivers nicotine in a vapour. This allows you to inhale nicotine without most of the harmful effects of smoking as the vapour contains less chemicals, no tar and no carbon monoxide.
E-cigarettes are fairly new so the effect of long term use on health is not known and they are not licenced. Research has found that e-cigarettes can help you
Calderdale Recovery Steps
Telephone number: 01422 415550
Calderdale adult drug and alcohol services, have two hubs which are each open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, open to 7pm Thursday. These are there addresses below:
Halifax Recovery Steps
St. Johns House,
2 St. Johns Lane,
Todmorden Recovery Steps
32 Burnley Road,
CHART - On TRAK
On TRAK is the alcohol treatment service for adults over 18 years of age, residing in Kirklees. This is a service for dependent drinkers and for people who are experiencing problems as a result of their alcohol use and who may be at risk of dependency.
CHART Huddersfield Alcohol Services
Telephone number: 01484 437907
2 St Peter Street,
CHART Dewsbury Alcohol Services
Telephone number: 01924 486170
15 Union Street
Telephone number: 0300 123 1912 (Option 1)
8-20 Union Street,
Telephone number: 01274 296023
10 Currer Street,
Here are some useful websites where you can read more about alcohol:
Useful phone apps
Peer support groups
Click the image below to go to the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation site where there are lots of inspirational stories.