Can I smoke outside your hospitals?

No smoking: Barnet Hospital, Chase Farm Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital

Smoking is not permitted anywhere at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, including in the grounds. This means that you cannot smoke anywhere on trust property at Barnet Hospital, Chase Farm Hospital or the Royal Free Hospital. We are committed to helping patients and visitors to stop smoking. For information on how we do this, see the section below.

Keeping our hospitals smoke free: advice and support

To help you not smoke while visiting the hospitals in our trust, and to help patients and visitors who wish to stop smoking permanently, we offer the following services:

  • Access to nicotine replacement products to reduce cravings while on site, for sale in Lloyds Pharmacy
  • Support, including free NHS treatment for patients staying in hospital
  • Access to the stop smoking service for those who wish to give up smoking permanently

Using our stop smoking service

You can use the stop smoking service if you are a:

  • hospital patient
  • family member of a patient, or visiting one of our hospitals
  • member of hospital staff.

We also support people with specific needs. This includes people with smoking-related illnesses who are finding it difficult to give up smoking, and people awaiting surgical procedures who are advised to stop to reduce the likelihood of complications.

Hospital patients

The service operates out-patient clinics especially for people who smoke. The standards treatment programme is six weekly sessions but this can be extended depending on the outcome of the initial consultation and the individual person’s needs.

Royal Free clinical staff refer patients to the service. Individuals who smoke can refer themselves to the service for an initial consultation.

Following the consultation, you may attend the in-house service or be referred for treatment at a local NHS stop smoking service.

Contact us on or 020 7472 6393. Our phone line has a 24-hour answering service.


View or download our stop smoking policy