Smokers develop more complications than non-smokers. It is in your interest to stop smoking six weeks before your operation, but if your surgery is arranged at short notice, you should stop smoking as soon as possible. You will be contacted by nursing staff and offered smoking cessation referral and support. Ministry of Health Quit cards are available at your GP/Surgeon’s rooms or Bidwill Hospital. Bidwill Hospital has a Smoke Free policy and Smoking is not permitted within the hospital, or grounds.