Quotes from Timaru hospital patients asked about their smoking status [Ken Bagnall, Timaru]

  • "I wish they'd had this help before" (a chemo patient who doesn't feel able to quit now.)

  • "At that price why wouldn't you try?" (a smoker on being informed about the availability of NRT and the $3 script available at discharge.)

  • "I've quit... I think it's great you can get this help here."  (an ex smoker)

  • "No, it's a good thing... how can you be smoking if you're coming in here?"  (a non smoker).



Patients from Christchurch Hospital asked about their Smoking Status [from Sue Stevenson and Lynore Weeks]

  • 48 year old Māori female patient had come into hospital with a cardiac condition

    Stated that she expected to be asked and was asked. Is presently an ex smoker and was glad she had someone to tell as she was proud that she had become smokefree and wanted to share how she had done it. Also liked the positive reinforcement she received from staff for quitting.

  • 53 year old female on a medical ward

    Currently smoking and also expected to be asked and had no problem with being asked. Sick of the way staff lectured her about her smoking and felt like a second class citizen because she didn’t want to quit. Was aware of all the dangers of smoking but didn’t want staff to go on about it and be able to make her own choices. ”I am sure that some staff also have bad habits that are bad for them but don’t have someone going on at them because it’s bad for their health”

  • 35 year male on a medical ward

    Doesn’t mind that he was asked and advised to stop smoking as he would expect that from health people and was happy not to smoke while in hospital but would probably continue to smoke once he got home. Stated that the staff were very informative in the options that were available but you had to want to give up before you could successfully quit long term.

  • Staff member

    Liked the fact that everyone was now being asked and that it was just a routine part of a patients care. It was clear what was expected of the nurse and what action to take. And patients were now getting used to the fact that they would be asked their smoking status so didn’t take offence.

  • Staff member

    Spoke to a patient outside the hospital who was smoking and asked him whether he had been offered NRT. He replied that he had when he had first come in but at that time didn’t think he needed it. After speaking to him about the benefits of using it he decided he would try it after all. So took him back up to the ward and arranged for it to be charted. Just shows that we shouldn’t stop discussing the idea of using NRT just because a patient has turned it down once on admission.

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