Supporting members of staff at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

At ESHT we actively encourage staff, patients and visitors to quit smoking – our commitment to support individuals to stop smoking is set out in the newly launched smoking policy:

One You East Sussex, the locally commissioned stop smoking service, has numerous clinics across East Sussex to support people to stop. If you are still smoking and want to quit – why not take part in this year’s Stoptober from today by contacting One You East Sussex – Tel: (01323) 404600.

Further information on the Trust’s Smoking Policy or support to stop smoking please contact

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)


East Sussex Healthcare Trust is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all staff, patients, visitors and contractors, so that people who visit any Trust premises and their grounds do not experience exposure to the significant health risks associated with smoking. The policy sets out our guidelines and procedures for encouraging everyone to stop smoking whilst on any Trust property or grounds and providing facilities for those who choose to smoke, this includes designated smoking shelters. It aims to protect non-smokers without unreasonably depriving smokers from their right to smoke. 

This policy applies to all service users, staff (including temporary/agency staff), visitors, contractors, volunteers and patients in acute sites, community settings including patient’s homes and cars/vehicles.

The Smoking Policy was ratified in April 2020. Due to Covid-19 is was delayed until August 2020. From 1st August 2020 smoking will not be permitted anywhere in the Trust’s hospitals, grounds and community premises except for designated smoking shelters. No smoking is permitted within five metres of any trust building.  


There are clear signs at main entrances and around Trust premises – as well as information in the admission booklet.

Voice alert tannoys have been installed at various entrances across our Trust premises. These messages encourage smokers to use the designated smoking shelters. Please push the buttons, to activate the tannoys.

Staff can access the smoking policy from the intranet.


Yes. There will be support to abstain from smoking through the use of nicotine replacement therapy whilst accessing our services or to quit if that is the preference. On admission, patients are screened for smoking – nicotine replacement therapy can be prescribed by a doctor whilst in hospital and a referral made to East Sussex Stop Smoking Service – One You East Sussex – Individuals can also request stop smoking intervention via their GP’s.


Patients within ward settings who choose to smoke will have to be responsible for ensuring they are able to get to the designated smoking areas without assistance from nursing/medical staff. Staff will not be allowed to escort patients to or from designated smoking areas during any period of day or night for health and safety issues for both individuals. We will always offer support to abstain or quit whilst in our care and prescribe nicotine replacement therapy when required.


Clinical staff supporting patients will be able to make the appropriate adjustments to ensure that patients get the full benefits of their usual medication as well as nicotine replacement therapy.


Yes – the policy identifies designated smoking shelters. No smoking is allowed within five metres of any trust building. Users of the smoking shelters are kindly asked to keep the area tidy by disposing of their cigarette ends appropriately in the bin provided.


No. The policy applies to patients, visitors, contractors and staff – including temporary/agency staff on trust premises. 


All staff, patents, visitors and contractors who choose to vape must do so outside the Trust buildings and the five metre exclusion zones. No charging of electronic cigarettes/vapes are allowed in trust premises – the lithium i-on batteries supplied with the devices can be volatile and have been known to cause fires


Yes – all employees will have access to the local service provider for stop smoking. They will be supported to attend the stop smoking phone/virtual clinics in their work day. Employees will be advocates for the smoking policy giving support to their peers/colleagues to stop smoking. “Changing the air” at ESHT is everyone’s responsibility. 


Yes, this policy covers all sites, premises and public buildings where the Trust provides services.

Yes – any member of staff who chooses to smoke while on Trust premises are required to adhere to the policy. This includes only smoking in designated areas – shelter/five metres exclusion zones and in their allocated break times, no extra smoking breaks will be allowed.