Make March Your Month To Quit!


Did you know that March was No Smoking Month?

On the 4 March the Smoking Cessation Team started their planned mobilisation health fairs with the aim to engage with staff, patients and visitors alike to promote the idea of setting a quit date among smokers. They are offering Carbon Monoxide testing for smokers to check their levels and get advice if they are considering quitting. They also have a range of promotional items to give away.

The next two dates and venues are:

19/3/19 - Lagan Valley Foyer

27/3/19 - Lagan Valley Centre Foyer


Trust Host Stop Smoking & Secondary Care Seminar.

The Trust was 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 HSC Trust, Mr Peter Gordon, Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon, South Eastern HSC Trust, Mrs Siobhan O’Brien, Public Health Agency and Mr Seamus McGoran Director of Hospital Services, South Eastern HSC Trust.

Those attending included medical, nursing and pharmacy staff, and voluntary and charity organizations from across N.Ireland were also represented. Many delegates commented afterwards that the event was ‘extremely informative’ and ‘inspiring. Within the South Eastern HSC 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.

Photo: Jayne Savage, Smoking Cessation Coordinator, Lisa Harper Health Improvement Midwife, Shirley McClelland Smoking Cessation Specialist, Seamus McGoran, Director of Hospital Services South Eastern HSC Trust, Dr Sanjay Agrawal, Respiratory and Intensive Care Consultant University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Cathy Bell Health Improvement Midwife, Claire Black Smoking Cessation Coordinator, Siobhan O’Brien , Health and Social Well-being Improvement Senior Officer, PHA.

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