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SMOKEFREE HOSPITAL

The ADHB hospital Smokefree policy states that all ADHB facilities and grounds are required to be smoke free.

It is very much appreciated if people who smoke refrain from smoking within hospital grounds and particularly to not smoke around children.

SMOKEFREE PATIENTS

If you currently smoke then stopping smoking is the best step you can take to reduce the harm to your health and wellbeing. 

As we are a smokefree DHB, if you are admitted to our hospital you can expect health professionals to ask you if you smoke and to offer you support to become smoke free. 

We are here to help you. We know how difficult it can be to go through the stop smoking process.

If you suddenly stop smoking the cravings to smoke are likely to be very strong initially, you may well experience headaches and anxiety, and it's easy to be irritated by people around you. We do not want that to happen to you so we are ready and willing to provide you with nicotine patches, gum, lozenges and/or the Nicorette inhalator to manage nicotine withdrawal symptoms that you may experience whilst in hospital.

We have brochures that can explain more to you. Two are attached to this site.

Hours

8am - 5pm, Monday to Friday

Referral Expectations

Prior to a hospital admission for surgery, investigations or treatment it would be advisable to stop smoking for at least 2 weeks to prevent post-operative or treatment complications. Smoke inhalation inhibits lung function, facilitates blood clotting, reduces oxygen supply to vital organs and impacts negatively on a healthy immune system.

Quitting smoking prior to surgery can prevent complications that can happen post surgery such as lung or wound infections. Carbon monoxide is contained in inhaled cigarette smoke and causes the red cells in your blood to clot. Blood clotting as a result of smoking is what causes strokes and heart attacks to occur. As soon as carbon monoxide is removed from the blood stream by not inhaling smoke then the level of oxygen available in the body for healing increases.

There are a number of agencies in the ADHB catchment area ready and willing to support you in pre-admission quitting. They are listed in the next section of this page. 

Counties Manukau DHB
If you live in the Counties Manukau DHB area you can obtain all information here.


Waitemata DHB

If you live in West or North Auckland region you can obtain all information about Smokefree in your area here.
 

Smokefree Resources

  • Smokefree Contractors/ NGOs

    Regional Support for Smokefree Issues
    By far the most comprehensive local support for Auckland employers wishing to establish a Smokefree compliant workplace, both physically and in its documentation, is to ask for help from the Auckland Regional Public Health Service.… More PDF

  • Smoking Cessation

    Managing Nicotine Withdrawal
    The tobacco leaf contains nicotine. Nicotine is found in all plants of the "nightshade" family - tomatoes, chillies, eggplant, peppers, potatoes and berries - as well as tobacco.… More PDF

  • Quitline

    Quitline provides a free telephone advice service (0800 778 778), text service (www.txt2quit.org.nz) and a Quitter Blog support group at www.quit.org.nz.… More

  • General Practitioner

    Your GP can also prescribe NRT at the subsidised rate of $5.00 per item for 8 weeks supply (NRT -  Nicotine Replacement Therapy).… More

  • Stop Smoking Service ADHB & WDHB

    Ready, Steady, Quit is the community stop smoking service funded by the Ministry of Health and provided by a local PHO.… More

  • Aotea Health - Great Barrier Island

    Face-to-face counselling and telephone support available. There are 3 nurses available at the centre at any one time plus a GP.… More

Document Downloads

  • Stop Before the Op (PDF, 1.9 MB)
    Stopping smoking before any surgery is the best step you can take to ensure your postoperative recovery is the best possible. Please read the brochure.
  • Quit B4 it's Lit (PDF, 1.3 MB)
    General pamphlet to give the person an understanding of the processes necessary to be put in place for a successful quit attempt.
  • Stop Smoking Auckland and Waitemata (PDF, 527.9 KB)
    Please check out the attached brochure. This service is available to those people who want to stop smoking in the Auckland and Waitemata DHB regions.

Contact Details

Greenlane Clinical Centre

Central Auckland

The office is staffed 8am to 5pm weekdays.

Please leave a telephone message after those hours on 0800 667833 and that can be a request for information, or to leave a referral for us. This voicemail box is checked regularly during office hours and first thing in the morning for messages left overnight or at the weekend.

214 Green Lane West
Epsom
Auckland 1051

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Street Address

214 Green Lane West
Epsom
Auckland 1051

Postal Address

ADHB Smokefree Services
Greenlane Clinical Centre
Private Bag 92189
Auckland Mail Centre
AUCKLAND 1142

This page was last updated at 12:28PM on May 23, 2017. This information is reviewed and edited by Auckland DHB Smokefree Services.