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GWH supports Stoptober campaign for smokers
11:20am Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
THE Great Western Hospital held a Stoptober Stand yesterday to encourage smokers to stub it out for good.
Stoptober is a national campaign to end smoking which runs through the month of October.
One in every five adults in Swindon still smokes, despite it being the UK’s biggest preventable killer. Someone dies from a smoking-related illness every six seconds.
Geraldine O’Driscoll, a Stop Smoking Nurse at the GWH, said: “The single most important thing for health you can do is quit smoking.
“There is information, advice, and nicotine replacement therapies for smokers to help them quit.”
The GWH is a smoke-free zone, and visitors are reminded not to smoke outside the main building since smoke wafts into the physiotherapy suite and affects other patients.
Amanda Pollitt, a Health and Wellbeing Nurse Advisor said: “We do have two smoking shelters available to visitors on site and away from other patients.
“Over the years we have had a number of staff who signed up to the service to quit smoking.”
For more information about the service or to book an appointment to make your first step towards becoming smoke free, visit www.seqol.org/community-health-services/stop-smoking, email email@example.com or call or text 01793 465513 or 0800 3892229 or 07881 281797. For more information about Stotober, visit stoptober.smokefree.nhs.uk.
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