Yeadon pharmacy backs national no smoking day

March 15, 2010

A Yeadon pharmacy took up temporary residence at two local health centres in a bid to help members of the community stop smoking for this year’s national No Smoking Day (10 March).

Following the success of last year’s event at Yeadon Health Centre, staff from The Co-operative Pharmacy in High Street extended their advice sessions to Silver Lane Surgery, to offer help on stopping smoking. 

In partnership with the two health centres, staff set up a stand in the South View Road and Suffolk Court clinics.

Open to patients from all neighbouring surgeries, visitors received advice and counselling on giving up smoking and were invited to use a smokerlyser to measure the amount of carbon monoxide in the lungs and blood. 

Picture showing patient who received advice and counselling on giving up smoking and invited to use a smokerlyser to measure the amount of carbon monoxide in the lungs and blood.

Patients could also book appointments for the three-month smoking cessation programme offered by the pharmacy and received free samples of nicotine patches and gum.

The Co-operative Pharmacy branch manager, Sageer Sharif, said: “The day was a great success and we are pleased that so many people came in to make enquiries and book appointments for the smoking cessation scheme.
 
“Pharmacists are playing an increasing role in helping patients manage their own health and by working closely with GPs and other health professionals we can take important steps to reduce major health issues such as smoking in the local community.”

The smoking cessation programme allows patients to have one-to-one consultations with a smoking consultant, who can prescribe nicotine replacement therapy to suit the needs of the individual.