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Public health nurses working in the community to help people to quit smoking

Tuesday, 09 September, 2014
Public health nurses working in the community to help people to quit smoking

Public health nurses are working in the community along with GPs and pharmacists to help make it easier for people to quit smoking in North Tyneside.

The public health nurses, employed by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, are working as part of the North Tyneside NHS Stop Smoking Service supporting people to kick the habit.

People who want to quit can ask their GP or pharmacy or drop into one of the community clinics delivered by the public health nurses and can expect to benefit from free expert NHS advice and a personalised quit plan, as well as prescription treatments to help beat cravings.

Asking for help has resulted in 54-year-old Stephen Ferguson, from North Shields, being able kick his 40-a-day habit.

He said: “Having been a smoker for 40 years my health has really suffered and I wanted to do something about it but didn’t know where to start. The North Tyneside NHS Stop Smoking Service has been excellent, offering support and advice as well as medication.

“Since starting the programme I’ve noticed a definite improvement in my asthma symptoms, I’ve got so much more energy now and feel healthier all round. I would encourage anyone struggling to quit to get in touch, and give it a go – there is so much help available.”

Gillian Emmerson, public health nurse lead for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our public health nurses are highly-skilled in helping people to stop smoking and have already helped a significant number of people to successfully quit. Our drop-in clinics are taking place in the community close to people’s homes and workplaces to make it easier for them to seek the support they need to quit.

“Evidence shows that you are four times more likely to stop smoking for good if you have support from your local NHS stop smoking service. People accessing the service can expect to benefit from free expert NHS advice and a personalised quit plan, as well as prescription treatments to help beat cravings.”

North Tyneside Council has commissioned North Tyneside NHS Stop Smoking Service.

Councillor Lesley Spillard, whose Cabinet portfolio covers public health, added: “Studies show that life is better smoke-free so I am delighted to see this fantastic initiative getting off the ground.

“We know you are up to four times more likely to succeed thanks to services like this so it presents a fantastic opportunity for anyone who wants to quit.”

For more information, call 0345 2000 101 and say ‘NO SMOKE’ or text ‘NO SMOKE’ along with your postcode to 80800, because life’s better smoke-free.


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