County Durham and Darlington NHS Stop Smoking Service is
launching a new drop in clinic at Crown Street Library in
Darlington this week.
Smokers accessing the service are four times more likely
to succeed in quitting. This was the case for Darlington resident,
When Lyn Fenton's GP told her she was a heart attack
waiting to happen, it was the wake up call she needed to give up
Sixty six year old Lyn, from Darlington, had been smoking
for 40 years when she visited her GP for a routine appointment last
Lyn explains: "In December I went to my GP to have a blood
test to check my thyroid gland but apart from that I had always
considered myself healthy. However, at that appointment my GP told
me that my cholesterol and blood pressure were high and that in
fact I was a heart attack waiting to happen. This scared the living
daylights out of me. I went away and really thought about it over
Christmas and started trying one of those electric cigarettes and
managed to cut down to five a day but couldn't give up
"Then I saw an advert for the NHS Stop Smoking
Service and decided that I would try that. The day before I went to
the first session, I cleared out all of the cigarettes from the
house so I wouldn't be tempted.
"It was the 11th January when I went to the
first session and met Pearl, the smoking advisor. She said I
shouldn't try to give up cold turnkey and discussed different
options to help me. I knew a friend who had tried the inhalator so
I decided to go with that. It really is just a habit and trying to
break that habit is difficult which I why I would recommend getting
support. I felt that I needed help, I couldn't do it on my own and
stick to it, I needed someone there.
"Pearl was lovely and very supportive, it wasn't just me
on my own there was a package of help. Pearl was very supportive
and using the service couldn't have been any easier I was worried
what they would say if I slipped up but it didn't matter and I felt
like I would be wasting their time but it wasn't like that at all,
they were very friendly and supportive and understood how difficult
giving up was."
County Durham and Darlington NHS Stop Smoking Service
provides support and help across the county and also runs in
Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North
Pearl Wolstenholme, Smoking Advisor said: "Smoking is our
biggest killer, claiming the lives of over 5,500 people in the
North East each year. Seven out of ten smokers say they want to
quit and we are here to help. Lyn is a great example of having the
right help and support which gives you the best chance of giving up
for good. We know that smokers accessing the service are four times
more likely to succeed in quitting.
"Lyn has done so well, she can be very proud of her
achievement and will now see the health benefits from being able to
give up. We know it is difficult and it is different for every
person so we really work with individuals to see what will be best
for them and how to provide the right support for that
The service is launching a new drop in clinic on Thursday
29 March. The clinic will run every Thursday at Crown Street
Library, Darlington between 10am - 12pm.
Published: 26 March 2012
'Care received was fantastic and I was very well looked after
and very impressed.'
Patient, Day Surgery, Darlington Memorial Hospital