University Hospital Southampton has confirmed it will soon begin work to remove smoking shelters in a bid to make its grounds a smoke-free zone. 

The hospital said that patients who smoke will be offered support from the hospital’s Tobacco Dependency Team.

The University Hospital Southampton Trust has stated that it has signed an NHS pledge to become smoke-free by April 2024.

Writing on Facebook, a spokesperson for the hospital said: “As we work towards becoming a smoke-free site by April 2024, we will shortly begin work to remove smoking shelters across the UHS site.

“In-patients who smoke are being offered the support of our Tobacco Dependency Team. They can prescribe nicotine replacement therapy, among other cessation aids.

“More information about how we are supporting patients, staff and visitors with the transition to become a smoke-free environment is available on our website.”