Health professionals in County Durham and Darlington are taking
smoking advice and support on the road with the aim of helping
local residents find their route to quit.
On Monday 8 August, an old fashioned London bus will arrive at
Darlington Memorial Hospital and patients, visitors and staff will
be invited on to the bus to access information, support and advice
on giving up smoking. The bus will then travel to University
Hospital of North Durham on Wednesday 10 August.
Carol Dudley, Health Improvement Manager (Tobacco Control) for
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust said: "We hope
that the big red bus will be a great way of attracting attention
and raising awareness of our stop smoking service. We want to do
more to help people who are still smoking as seven out of ten
smokers say they want to quit. This is an addiction that kills one
in two smokers. Smoking is our biggest killer, claiming the lives
of over 5,500 people in the North East each year.
"Having the bus at the hospitals is also a great way for us to
raise awareness about the importance of trying to give up smoking
before you come into hospital. Smokers can reduce their risk of a
wide range of post-operative complications by stopping smoking at
least 8 weeks before planned surgery. People who smoke have a 1 in
3 risk of breathing and circulation problems after surgery compared
to 1 in 10 for non-smokers. Stopping smoking at least 8 weeks
before surgery also reduces wound healing time and can reduce the
length of time patients need to stay in hospital after an
"Specialist Stop Smoking Advisors will be on the bus to offer
advice and support to anyone who is thinking about giving up, who
is ready to give up, or who would just like more information. One
of the main causes of people lapsing when they quit is not having
the right support in the first place. Their best possible chance of
success is through using the NHS Stop Smoking Service; smokers
accessing the service are 4 times more likely to succeed in
quitting. We offer friendly and non-judgemental help to smokers and
tailor support to every person to give them their best possible
chance of quitting."
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust Stop Smoking
Service has helped over 40,000 people quit in the last 10 years. If
you would like more information or if you are thinking about giving
up smoking 'catch the bus' at Darlington Memorial Hospital on
Monday 8 August between 9.30am and 4pm or on Wednesday 10 August at
University Hospital of North Durham between 9.30am and 4pm. and you
could soon be a successful quitter".
On Tuesday 9 August the bus will also be parked in Peterlee town
centre in the open part of the shopping precinct (near the lift to
Asda). The bus will also visit Stanley market on Thursday 11
August and Chester le Street market on Friday 12 August. Each day a
team of Specialist Stop Smoking Advisors will be available to give
advice on stopping smoking and how to access stop-smoking support
at local venues.
• Smoking is the largest preventable cause of death and
related disease in the UK
• In England over 80,000 deaths a year (5,800 in the North
East) are due to smoking compared to 8,500 due to alcohol.
• Half of all regular smokers will die as a result of their
• Smoking is the biggest single cause of inequalities in death
rates between the rich and poor
• Impacts on health inequalities and ill health, particularly
cancer, CHD, COPD.
• Smoking causes 1 in 5 of all deaths that occur in middle
• Smokers on average lose 10 years of life.
• 70% of smokers want to quit
The health benefits of stopping smoking start almost
• 20 Minutes: Blood pressure and pulse return to normal.
Circulation improves in hands and feet.
• 8 Hours: Oxygen levels in blood return to normal.
• 24 Hours: Carbon monoxide is eliminated from the body.
• 48 Hours: Nicotine is no longer detectable in the
• 72 Hours: Breathing becomes easier as bronchial tubes
• 2 - 12 Weeks: Circulation improves throughout the body,
making walking easier.
• 3- 9 Months: Overall lung function increased by 5 - 10
• 5 Years: Risk of heart attack falls to half of that of a
• 10 Years: Risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a
smoker. Risk of heart attack falls to that of someone who has never
Published: 3 August 2011
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
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