Smoking legislation allows hospices to have designated rooms where patients are allowed to smoke. At St Ann’s Hospice there are smokers’ conservatories that are open between 6am and midnight. Cigarettes, cigars, pipes and electronic cigarettes are all considered to be ‘smoking’ and the requirements are the same for each. Visitors are permitted to smoke only in the smoking shelter in the grounds.
All public areas and bedrooms are strictly non-smoking.
Patients using oxygen or medical gasses containing oxygen are required to wait 20 minutes after the gas has been switched off before smoking. Patients using petroleum based emollients, creams and lip balms should be aware that there is an increased risk of fire when smoking.