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Right Arrow Hospital staff help patients quit smoking
13 July 2010 at 14:57

A campaign to help smokers quit while they are patients in hospital has been launched by Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

It is being led by stop smoking nurse Beverley Rothwell.

“Every smoker who is admitted to hospital will be offered help to stop smoking while they are in hospital followed by support in the community when they are discharged,” said Beverley, who works for NHS Sefton.

“We have built up a team of 15 staff champions who provide a link to the stop smoking team and support patients while they’re on the wards.”

Elaine Downey, from NHS Central Lancashire stop smoking service, is supporting the campaign at Ormskirk hospital.

She added: “It’s never too late to stop smoking and the service we offer is free whether you are a patient or not. With the support we offer, deciding to stop smoking while you’re a patient in hospital can really give your chances of quitting a boost.”

The Trust’s campaign is being supported with posters, leaflets and ward materials sponsored by pharmaceutical company Pfizer which promote hospital stop smoking services.

Both Beverley and Elaine are promoting the campaign at both hospitals this week (week beginning July 12).

Angela Kelly, Deputy Director of Nursing at the hospital trust, said: “There is compelling evidence that programmes to stop smoking that begin during a hospital stay and include follow-up support for at least one month after discharge are effective.”

Trust chairman Sir Ron Watson CBE said: “The Trust is smokefree in both our buildings and throughout the hospital grounds. This excellent programme will support patients, visitors and staff who want to quit, improving their own health and the environment of everyone around them.”

Anyone can get help to stop smoking by calling 0300 100 1000 (Sefton residents) or 0800 328 6297 (West Lancashire).

Case study 1: Gum keeps Maureen’s cravings at bay

Maureen Fariclough, 66, of Tarleton, West Lancashire, began smoking as a 15-year-old, but was determined to quit to save money and has not had a cigarette for more than six months.

“I first got involved with the service around Christmas time last year,” she said.
“I had just given up work and was struggling financially and I kept thinking about all the money I was wasting on cigarettes.”

Maureen was given a three-month course of nicotine patches and was able to give up smoking straight away. She attended one-to-one meetings with her stop smoking advisor and now all she needs is some nicotine gum, which she uses to beat occasional cravings.

“I am doing all right now without the patches,” said Maureen who was helped by NHS Central Lancashire’s stop smoking team.

“I have bought myself some new clothes as a reward for quitting. I would definitely recommend the programme to others.”

Case study 2: Quitting saves Sharon a mint on shopping

Stopping smoking has saved Sharon Fusco a mint – and not just by stopping buying cigarettes.

“Every lunchtime I found an excuse to drive to the shops to buy things I didn’t need just so I could squeeze in two or three smokes,” she said.

“It was costing me a fortune, but since quitting I’m saving on cigarettes, petrol and shopping.”

Sharon, who is a management accounts assistant at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, first quit smoking early last year but relapsed around Christmas.

“In the New Year I went along to a Trust stop smoking class run by NHS Sefton to help staff quit.

“They prescribed nicotine lozenges and patches which have been very effective – and, because they’re on prescription, much cheaper than me buying them over the counter.

“I haven’t smoked since and feel great. My son Matthew, who’s seven, is also very proud of me.”

Case study 3: Why Marie is champion with Champix

Lifelong smoker Marie Lupton successfully kicked the habit, aged 72.

Marie, from Hesketh Bank, chose what would have been her mum’s 100th birthday in February to quit and, with the help of NHS Central Lancashire’s Stop Smoking Service, she has not had a cigarette since.

It was at a routine health-check that Marie decided the time was right to quit after smoking 25-a-day for 47 years.

“They did all kinds of tests on me, and said that if I carried on smoking my chances of dying within 10 years was 17%, but if I quit it would be 10%,” Marie said.

“I had been thinking about giving up for a while so I decided to enrol on the stop smoking programme.”

Marie was prescribed Champix – a drug which reduces the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.

“I don’t think I would have stopped without the tablets because I have tried before,” said Marie.

“I haven’t had cravings since giving up, and although I still think about cigarettes sometimes, I think that is just habit.”

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
Telephone 01704 704494

Notes for editors

1. Main picture shows Trust chairman Sir Ron Watson CBE with Smoking Cessation Nurse Beverley Rothwell (left) and three of the quit smoking champions (left to right) Staff Nurse Margaret White, Ward Manager Hilary McLaren and Healthcare Assistant Lesley McGuinness.

2. Do smoking cessation interventions started during hospitalisation help people to stop smoking?