Smoking Cessation Interventions


The South Eastern Trust were delighted to welcome a distinguished expert to the Ulster Hospital recently to promote the benefits of Smoking Cessation interventions in acute care settings.

Mrs. Lynda Vladeanu chaired the event and welcomed Dr Sanjay Agrawal , Consultant in Respiratory and Intensive Care Medicine at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust as the keynote speaker. Dr Agrawal is also Chair of the Royal College of Physicians Tobacco Advisory Group and is passionate about the need for the treatment of tobacco addiction to be integrated into the care pathways of all smokers who use healthcare services. His presentation included evidence that demonstrated how effective and cost-effective this could be to individuals and their families, and to NHS budgets.

He said' A recent national audit by The British Thoracic Society highlighted the fact that many patients across the UK are admitted and discharged from acute care without being offered treatment for the very thing that has caused ,or exacerbated their condition, namely their smoking.  This is a missed opportunity and something all healthcare professionals should be trained to address.’

Other speakers included Dr Patrick Donnelly, Consultant Cardiologist, South Eastern Trust, Mr. Peter Gordon, Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon, Mrs. Siobhan O’Brien, Public Health Agency and Mr. Seamus McGoran Director of Hospital Services, SET.

Those attending included medical, nursing and pharmacy staff, and voluntary and charity organisations from across Northern Ireland were also represented. Many delegates commented afterwards that the event was ‘extremely informative’ and ‘inspiring’. Within the South Eastern Trust plans are being made to improve access for smokers to tobacco treatments that will greatly increase the likelihood of them quitting long term, and which will lower their risk of many chronic and life limiting conditions.

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