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Record Year For Health Staff Quit Smoking Success

August 18, 2011 3:29 PM

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More staff than ever before at Scotland’s largest health board are quitting smoking and setting a positive health example to patients.

New statistics from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have revealed an overall staff quit rate of 44 per cent for those who set stop dates and remained smoke free four weeks later.

Anna Baxendale, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Head of Health Improvement and Inequalities, said: “Over the last year more than double the number of staff set a quit date compared to the previous year. With 44 per cent of staff still successfully quitting smoking after four weeks, this shows that increasing numbers of staff are highly motivated to stop.

“I really applaud the efforts of our staff for quitting. I am sure that our stop smoking advisors can build on these figures over the next year and support even more staff to stop smoking”.

The top hospitals for successful staff quit attempts were the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley at 72 per cent; Stobhill at 52 per cent; and the Victoria and Royal Hospital for Sick Children tied at 44 per cent.

Stop smoking clinics have been set up for staff to attend and if these are unsuitable their local Smokefree hospital advisor will make an arrangement to see employees at a convenient time for them.

There are also plans to run “Lung Age Test” roadshows across various hospital sites where staff can go along and find out their lung age by taking a simple test.

Anna said: “We’ve already held a roadshow at the New Victoria which was very well attended and we plan to take the test machine to other sites as part of the campaign to encourage more staff to stop smoking.”

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