Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s stop smoking service is urging quitters not to struggle on their own but to get in touch. The Quit Squad is holding the sessions at locations in East Lancashire to enable people to book an appointment or simply drop in for expert help and advice.
Julie Trezise, Quit Squad Service Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
“People are 4 times more likely to succeed in stopping smoking with expert help and advice than if they attempt it alone. Our sessions are informal and tailored to the individual; people have nothing to lose by contacting us but a lot to gain!
“We’re often told by quitters that they can’t believe how quickly they started to feel the benefits to their health. We’re here to help anyone who wants to quit smoking and even if people are just considering it, we’re urging them to get in touch.”
Roger Kendall (66) from Sabden had been a smoker since he was around 16 years old. He used to smoke 40 cigarettes a day, and had tried to quit previously without success. Upon his retirement, Roger realised how much money he was spending on his habit and so decided to take the step to see the Quit Squad to get some help to quit for good.
“I visited the Quit Squad in August 2013 by booking a one to one session. Initially I had some reservations as I had tried to stop smoking previously without success, however they were absolutely brilliant. From the first session they were very supportive and I found it really useful having someone there for support. I initially used a mouth spray then after 3 or 4 weeks wasn’t using anything.
“I have no intention of starting smoking again now. After I quit, I saved the money I would have spent on cigarettes and bought myself a longbow for archery, a hobby I always intended to take up again when I retired. As well as the financial benefits, I have also noticed that my breathing has greatly improved. I am now able to go on walks and take deep breaths. I also notice my clothes smell better now I’m not smoking - I can’t believe how bad the smoke does make them smell!
“I would encourage anyone thinking of quitting to get in touch with the Quit Squad. The staff are so friendly and helpful, the sessions were great and it felt like going to have a chat with a friend. The support available is outstanding and the ease of the sessions really boosted my confidence and made me more determined to quit for good. Getting over the first few weeks was the hardest however with the support of the team they made it seem so easy. I have now been smoke free for nearly 9 months and I can’t thank them enough!”
The drop-in sessions take place every week at the following locations:
|Ace Centre, Nelson||12 noon|
|Padiham Health Centre (Fairmore)||4.30pm – 7.00pm|
|Yarnspinners PHCC, Nelson||5.00pm – 7.00pm|
|St Peter’s Centre, Burnley||5.30pm – 7.00pm|
|The Fold, Burnley||3.00pm – 5.00pm|
|Colne Municipal Hall||4.00pm|
|Ace Centre, Nelson||10.00am|
|Burnley General Hospital||1.30pm – 4.00pm|
|Haslingden Health Centre||2.00pm – 7.00pm|
|Yorkshire Street Medical Centre, Burnley||5.00pm|
|Accrington Victoria Community Hospital||5.00pm – 7.00pm|
|Colne Sure Start Centre||5.00pm – 7.00pm|
|St Peter’s Centre, Burnley||1.30pm – 3.00pm|
|Royal Blackburn Hospital||2.00pm – 4.00pm|
|The Maden Centre, Bacup||4.30pm – 7.00pm|
|St Peter’s Centre, Burnley||5.00pm – 7.00pm|
|Ace Centre, Nelson||5.00pm – 7.00pm|
|Accrington Victoria Community Hospital||9.00am – 12 noon|
A number of one-to-one clinics are also available for people who would like to book a specific appointment. For full details please visit http://www.quitsquad.nhs.uk/ or call Freephone 0800 328 6297.