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Help to stop smoking at local health events

Lilie and Jess
Patient, Lilie and stop smoking advisor Jess

Wednesday 1 March 2016

Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust (HRCH) will be promoting No Smoking Day by hosting a series of outreach events between 7-9 March at Heston Library, Hounslow Library and Isleworth Library.

The Hounslow stop smoking team will be at the events to provide information on how people can access the service and free carbon monoxide and lung age testing will be available for local Hounslow residents. There will also be promotions at West Middlesex University Hospital and West Thames College on 9 March that will give people the option to sign up for a free drop-in clinic.

Thanks to the support that the team provided at previous outreach events, combined with her determination to quit, Lilie Hudson, who has lived in Feltham all her life, has now successfully been smoke-free for over 12 weeks after smoking for 55 years.

Lilie set herself a quit-date of 23 November and attended the trust's local stop smoking service’s drop-in clinics on a weekly basis after she spoke with stop smoking advisor Jessica Cox at one of the team’s local outreach events at Tesco, High Street Feltham on 16 October 2015.

Jess offered her care and support that was individually tailored to her needs. She provided Lilie with Champix - medication which blocks the nicotine receptors -and weekly face-to-face drop-in sessions where she could talk and help her through any challenges that she may have stop smoking.

Lilie said, “I couldn't have done it on my own without the tablets and Jess' help. What really made a difference was coming in and talking to Jess and the encouragement that she gave me.

She said, "I have tried other things such as patches but they didn't work for me. Jess explained everything on our first meeting and recommended that I went onto the tablets. There’s not judgement with Jess, just encouragement.” 

Jess said, "I wish I had that when I gave up smoking. It's hard to explain addiction to someone who's never been addicted to something.

She said, “It’s hard to explain the hunger to put something in your mouth and light it and the chemical addiction that comes with it. That's why I do this job and why I enjoy it so much."

Please contact Mike Carveth on 020 3771 6180 for more information. The dates for the outreach events are as follows:

  • Monday 7March: Heston Library - No Smoking Day promotion, 12pm- 3pm
  • Tuesday 8 March: Isleworth Library - No Smoking Day promotion, 12pm- 3pm
  • Wednesday  9 March: Hounslow Library - No Smoking Day promotion, 12pm-3pm
  • Wednesday  9 March: Treaty Centre, Hounslow- No Smoking Day promotion, 9am-6pm
  • Wednesday 9 March: West Middlesex University Hospital – No Smoking Day promotion, 11am-3pm
  • Wednesday 9 March: West Thames College -  No Smoking Day promotion,10.30am-2pm