Information for smokers

Information for smokers

Can patients and visitors smoke at Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw?

Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw aim to ensure the health, safety and well being of all those who visit and work within the building and grounds. Therefore, smoking is strictly prohibited anywhere other than in our smoking shelter.

We recognise that patients who are smokers would like to be able to smoke whilst at the hospice. We also recognise that, for visitors, it can be a stressful time and that they also would like to be able to smoke. 

In the grounds we have a smoking shelter located in the top car park. It is well signposted, where you will find seating and a waste bin for the safe disposal of cigarette ends.

Can patients go to the shelter unassisted?

Yes, if they are well enough to go independently. Although ideally patients should be accompanied by a family member or a friend. Staff and volunteers are not permitted to accompany patients to the smoking shelter. If they are on their own, patients must take their buzzer with them and inform the nursing staff that they are leaving the building.

What happens if patients are not well enough to go to the smoking shelter?

The nursing and medical team will offer you nicotine replacement therapy including patches, gum, lozenges and nasal spray to help avoid any adverse symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. 

Can patients go to the shelter to smoke at any time?

Yes, if the patient is well enough they are welcome to use the shelter during daylight hours, with or without company. However, once it is dark it is not considered safe to be outside alone and therefore the shelter may only be used by patients who have someone with them. Visitors may continue to use the shelter at all times.