Important information on COVID-19 / Renseignements importants sur la COVID-19!

We are asking all patients and visitors coming to HSN to please wear a mask as an added step to reduce the spread of germs and protect vulnerable patients. Handmade masks are acceptable as are those available at retailers in our community. Patients going for a procedure where they must remove their mask will be asked to store it with their personal items. If you arrive at the hospital as a patient or care partner and do not have a mask, one will be provided to you and you will be expected to wear it during your time at HSN to keep yourself, other patients and care partners and our staff, physicians, learners and volunteers safe.

Before coming to the hospital, please check our COVID-19 info page for updates.

    Smoke-Free HSN

    Smoke Free

    As a health care facility, Health Sciences North (HSN) has an important role to play in promoting health and wellness in our community. We value a healthy and safe environment for our patients, visitors and all who work at HSN. Smoking on our grounds is prohibited. This is in accordance with Health Sciences North Corporate Smoke-Free Policy, the City of Greater Sudbury Bylaw #2002-300 and the Smoke Free Ontario Act 2016.

    Any individual found smoking, including e-cigarettes, on hospital property (includes all hospital buildings, exterior grounds, parking lots, as well as inside cars) will be reminded of HSN's smoking policy and will be asked to extinguish their product immediately. Greater Sudbury by-law officers could also fine any person found in contravention of the Smoke Free Ontario Act as part of their ongoing enforcement of the Act. Fines can be up to $1000 for a first offence.

    Smoking is the number one preventable health risk factor in Canada. Hospitalization or an illness presents an opportunity to initiate tobacco cessation and our smoke-free hospital policy encourages temporary tobacco abstinence for patients. 

    Patients are encouraged to speak with staff about Nicotine Replacement Therapy during their hospital stay. If you have additional questions or concerns about how a smoke-free HSN may impact your hospital stay, please contact our Patient Relations Office at (705) 523-7100, extension 3737.

    Resources

  • Smoke-Free Ontario
  • Cost of Smoking Calculator
  • Quitnow.ca

  • Community Resources:

    • Smoker’s Helpline
      Free, personalized advice, counseling and a quit plan that suits you. Telephone, online and text options available.
      Call 1.877.513.5333 or go to
      www.smokershelpline.ca
    • Sudbury and District Health Unit
      Tobacco Treatment Clinic, free individual cessation counseling.
      Web:
      www.sdhu.com
      Call 705.522.3433 or 1.866.522.3433
    • Pharmacists
      Community pharmacists are also part of the integrated healthcare team available to provide support for quitting smoking. Ask your pharmacist about your smoking cessation needs.
    • Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre