Waitematā DHB Smoke Free Service
Advice for Inpatients
We understand not everyone who comes to hospital wants to give up smoking. We'd like to support you as much as possible while you're in hospital, and help you manage cravings to smoke. Ask any of our nurses or doctors if you would like to use nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to help deal with nicotine withdrawal. Trying patches, gum or lozenges while you're in hospital does not mean you have to commit to anything after you leave.
We have a duty to provide a safe and healthy environment to all our patients, visitors and staff. Whether you would like support to manage nicotine withdrawal or not, we ask you to respect our non-smoking policy while you are in the hospital and grounds.
If a hospital stay has got you thinking about ways to get healthy, including cutting out tobacco, our Smokefree team is available during your admission to offer advice on using NRT and organise a referral to a community or hospital based service. You don't need to wait for us to refer you though, you can contact a community based free service (see below) to help you stop smoking at any time.
Free community based services to help you stop smoking
Ready Steady Quit: 0800 500 601 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New service available in the Waitematā district delivered collaboratively by ProCare and The Fono. Primarily their focus is to support Maori, Pacific and pregnant women who smoke but they will also help all smokers who have decided to stop smoking and set a quit date. Service includes home visits, group or one to one support and free NRT.
Quitline: 0800 778 778
The Quit Group offer a free telephone support line, and also provide cheap NRT through Quit Cards which you can take to your local pharmacy. They have a website where you can find out more about the other services they offer, like Maori and Pacific advisors, Text2Quit and their online message board service. www.quit.org.nz
Asian Smokefree Communities: 0508quitnow (0508 784 866) or email Free, successful, quit smoking service supporting Asian people and their families who reside in Waitakere, North Shore and Rodney to become smokefree. The service includes free home visits, phone/email/text support and subsidised NRT. Coordinators speak English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean (interpreters for other languages are also available).