The Northamptonshire Stop Smoking Service is offering targeted help for smokers most in need this Stoptober.
People about to go into hospital will be offered help to quit if they smoke.
A statement from Northamptonshire County Council said:
There are multiple benefits for patients who are able to quit smoking prior to or during a hospital stay. Quitting smoking before surgery can reduce complications during surgery and improve recovery. Research also suggests that smokers tend to spend two more days in hospital post-surgery than non-smokers. Once a patient quits, the body starts to repair immediately and the longer the patient is able to stay quit, the quicker the healing process.
Public Health’s Smoking Cessation Service now have advisors working in both Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals one day a week, delivering specialist stop smoking support and advice for both pre-op patients and inpatients. The team are also starting more targeted work on Respiratory wards with inpatients.
Northamptonshire also has a high rate of smoking at time of delivery for pregnant mothers. In order to try and address this, Public Health Northamptonshire has contributed to funding for two ‘Healthy Living midwives’ to carry out more focused work with pregnant women.
In addition to this new targeted work, the Smoking Cessation team also hold regular community clinics alongside a network of GPs and pharmacies that are trained to deliver smoking cessation and offer support to patients wanting to stop smoking.
Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, Ian Morris said: “Every year, Stoptober helps many people to end their relationship with smoking, this year that could be you. By accessing the help of a service such as the Northamptonshire Stop Smoking service, you are four times more likely to quit successfully than going it alone.”
If you are thinking about quitting smoking and would like some help or support, you can get in touch with the stop smoking service directly.