Bute Practice has recently relaunched its smoking cessation clinic to help smokers kick the habit.
Up until recently, the clinic had been run for many years by Flora Graham. Flora has since retired and the Practice has decided to pick up the mantle and seek to continue her good work on the island.
The new service will be headed by one of Bute Practice’s staff members, Mandy Allison.
Mandy, better known as one of the facility’s receptionists, has a nursing degree and has experience in motivational interviewing and brief interventions.
The new clinic will run three days a week as follows:
On Tuesdays and Thursdays between 1pm and 3pm appointments can be booked by calling the health centre on (01700) 501521 or 501527.
A drop-in clinic will operate on Wednesdays between 4.30pm and 5.30pm.
Mandy will be able to advise on appropriate forms of nicotine replacement therapies, including the use of patches, gum and the more recently available medication champix with GP input. This is then available from the Practice.
The clinic will help you:
* Get support while you quit
* Make a personal plan to stop smoking
* Set a quit date
* Find ways to cope with cravings
* Stay stopped
Approximately 114,000 smokers die in the UK every year as a result of their habit.
Smoking kills around five times more people in the UK than road traffic accidents (3,439).
The single most important thing anyone can do for their current and future health is stop smoking.