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George Eliot Hospital supports Stoptober by asking smokers to quit for good

Smokefree Site Dec 2015

George Eliot Hospital has been a smokefree site since January 2016 and actively supports the Public Health England Stoptober campaign by asking patients and local people to quit smoking to improve their health.

Stoptober, the 28-day stop smoking campaign from Public Health England which encourages and supports smokers across the country to quit for good, is returning for a fifth time this year following the success of the previous campaigns.

Based on research that if you stop smoking for 28-days you are five times more likely to quit for good, England’s seven million smokers are being encouraged to take part in this year’s Stoptober campaign, starting on 1 October.

Visit the Stoptober website to find out about a range of free and proven support available to help you start your quitting journey for 28 days and beyond. From the app, email and social media support including Facebook Messenger, to more information about the expert face to face support that your local Stop Smoking Service (LSSS) can offer, as well as the different types of stop smoking aids available to you; including patches and e-cigarettes – Stoptober is here to help you.

Everyone’s quitting journey is different, but you will not be alone. Nearly a million people have taken part since Stoptober began five years ago, so join in with the biggest stop smoking challenge of its kind, search Stoptober and find the right support for you. Search Stoptober today. 

George Eliot Hospital wishes to remind anyone coming to the Hospital that smoking will not be allowed on any part of the Hospital grounds. There are signs across the site to discourage smokers and the hospital has seen a visible decrease in smokers this year on the site.

Patients at the hospital who do not want to stop smoking will be provided with stop smoking medication so they can manage without cigarettes during their hospital stay.  

Smokers who want to quit can also get help from NHS Warwickshire Stop Smoking Service which is available at a number of local locations, including at the George Eliot Hospital. 

Nurse Consultant, Wendy Preston said: ”Stoptober is welcomed by the hospital and we encourage smokers to quit smoking. There are new and better stop smoking products which are becoming available regularly to help you stop smoking permanently. Smoking tobacco still kills over half of its users and causes a lot of suffering from ill health, this is why we feel it is important to provide support”.  

Public Health Manager, Jane Wright added: “By using the local stop smoking services available you may well find something that suits you so you can become smokefree for life and improve your health!”

To find your nearest Stop Smoking service log on to www.quit4good.co.uk  or text LIFE to 80800. Alternatively call 0800 085 2917.

Patients can also contact George Eliot hospital Stop Smoking service on 024 7686 5617 (based in the Ambulatory Care Unit).

Copies of the Trust Smokefree site policy can be found on the George Eliot Hospital websitewww.geh.nhs.uk/visitors/smokefree-site-policy/

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