MidCentral District Health Board (MDHB) is ‘Smokefree’. Smokefree means that smoking is not permitted in any MDHB's buildings, car parks or on grounds.
Patients who choose to leave the hospital site to smoke will be advised of the potential risks associated with their medical condition and treatment, and that the organisation cannot be held responsible while they are off-site.
If you want help to quit smoking MidCentral DHB offer a Quit Smoking Service.
What 'Smokefree' Means to:
MDHB staff may ask those seen smoking to extinguish cigarettes and move off site to smoke.
- All patients will be made aware of MDHB's smokefree policy as soon as reasonably practical.
- All patients will be asked their smoking status on admission to hospital. Those identified as a current smoker will be offered and assessed to use Nicotine Replacement Therapy, to assist with nicotine withdrawal symptoms during hospital admission.
- All patients will be offered support to quit or reduce their smoking if required.
- The hospital Quit Smoking Service will offer additional support and supply subsidised Nicotine Replacement Therapy on discharge as part of their quit smoking programme.
- Patients who have community services entering their home are required to provide a smokefree room during the home visit.
- Any patient wishing to smoke is required to go off MDHB property, and are advised that the organisation will not be held responsible for any risks associated with their medical condition or treatment.
- Inpatients under the care of the Mental Health Services are the only exemption to the policy.
- All visitors to MDHB premises who wish to smoke must leave the hospital grounds, to do so.
- Any visitors can access the hospital Quit Smoking Service for information regarding quit smoking support service options available.