Guildhall health centre aims to help residents during Stoptober

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Portsmouth’s Guildhall Walk Healthcare Centre is running a new wellbeing service to coincide with ‘Stoptober’.

The service was commissioned by the public health team at Portsmouth City Council and focuses on issues such as stopping smoking, alcohol misuse, mental health, healthy eating and fitness.

Service manager at Guildhall Walk Healthcare Centre Kim Dennis said: ‘All GPs in the area will be able to refer their patients to the service throughout October.

‘Our team will work closely with the patient and devise a programme which will suit their individual requirements.

‘Smoking and weight issues are the two biggest contributors to poor health so we will be particularly focusing on helping people with both of these.’

Last year, more than 160,000 people across the country successfully quit smoking for ‘Stoptober’.

The centre has found that people who quit smoking during the programme last year could breathe more easily and have higher energy levels.

Kim said they also saw a change in people’s mental wellbeing once they had stopped smoking. The centre will open for extended hours throughout October for the service.