Queen Alexandra Hospital‘s stop smoking scheme ‘a success’

Shukrya Saida signs up for further information and vouchers, helped by Shona Green. Picture: Vernon Nash

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QUEEN Alexandra Hospital is offering a new stop smoking referral service for patients across Portsmouth and Hampshire.

When Beryl Leach went to the Cosham hospital with chest pains she never imagined she’d leave four-days later determined to quit smoking after 42 years addicted to cigarettes.

But she hasn’t looked back after she was provided with free nicotine patches throughout her four days in hospital and was offered a visit from a smoking specialist.

‘I smoked 30 cigarettes a day for 42 years and it took being admitted to QA Hospital and talking to a specialist for me to realise the damage I was doing to my body,’ says Beryl, eight-weeks after quitting smoking.

Beryl and husband Phillip now visit Quit4Life sessions every Wednesday evening in Fareham Health Centre. During their visit they sit down with a specialist, complete a carbon monoxide test, are given free patches and talk through any problems they have been experiencing over the last week.

‘The staff offer great advice and encouragement and it’s completely free,’ said Betty.

Amanda McKenzie, project co-ordinator, said: ‘I am very pleased with the outcomes of this pilot. Patients using the NHS stop smoking services are four times more likely to successfully stop smoking than those who try alone.’

To stop smoking call Pompey Quit on (023) 9236 9234 or Hampshire Quit4Life on 0845 602 4663.